A Recent Study On Nursing Shortage Trend

1883 WordsJul 15, 20158 Pages
A recent study has shown that the nursing shortage trend might continue over the next two decades. This shortage also reflects key changes in population demographics, career expectations, work attitudes, and worker dissatisfaction. Whereas the growth in nurses as part of the workforce has been slow, there has been a subsequent increase in the demand of RN’s. This fundamental imbalance points out a key factor i.e. the unwillingness of young adults to join the workforce as nurses. Today 's difficulties are further complicated by other changes in hospital care, such as new medical technologies, lack of training and education, the ACAs’ Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) and a declining average length of stay, that have led to increases in the amount of care required by patients while they are in the hospital (Boccuti & Casillas, 2015). Therefore, it is imperative that the government mandates the patient to nurse ratio so as to improve the quality of care and the overall wellbeing of patients. Background The Affordable Care Act 's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) penalizes hospitals based on excess readmission rates among Medicare beneficiaries. The aim of the program is to reduce readmissions while aligning hospitals ' financial incentives with payers ' and patients ' quality goals. Many evidence-based interventions that reduce readmissions, such as discharge preparation, care coordination, and patient education, are grounded in the fundamentals

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