Dealing With the Nursing Shortage

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The Nursing Shortage Introduction The focus of this work in writing is the nursing shortage and the problems that exacerbate the problem. Towards this end, this work examines these issues and the proposed solutions to the problem. I. Recruitment and Retention Cowin and Jacobsson (2003) report on the nursing crisis and report that there has been a great deal of debate on what has caused the nursing shortage. The nursing shortage and crisis of retaining nurses continues to grow both nationally and internationally. Cowin and Jacobsson state that there are two parts to the nursing shortage: (1) recruitment difficulties; and (2) retention issues. (p.31) Cowin and Jacobsson state that there is little point in utilization of resources for attracting individuals to the nursing profession if they cannot be retained after graduation. (2003, paraphrased) While illogical, according to Cowin and Jacobsson "this scenario…appears to be consistently enacted by health care governing bodies within Australia." (2003, p.31) II. New Graduates Cowin and Jacobsson (2003) additionally report that the new graduates and current school learners "belong to Generation Y" which is a group that is "more accepting of authority than the previous generation and more self-confident and collaborative than their older colleagues." (p.31) Generation Y however is reported in previous studies to "demonstrate less tolerance for seniority than previous generations and demand pay that is equivalent to
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