Nurses Should Stay The Occupational Field And The Consequences Of A Nurse Shortage

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The nursing occupation is facing tough working conditions as a result of a nurse shortage in the industry. (Bowles & Candela, 2005). Due to this, hours are prolonged to unhealthy lengths and increase in patient – nurse ratio means that nurses are being stretched to their maximum productivity to provide extensive care for everyone. This essay examines the reasons behind why nurses are choosing to leave the occupational field and the consequences of these working conditions on both nurses and patients. Secondly, it’ll look at how improvements can be made to in order to lower stress levels aswell as retain existing and attract new nurses to the occupation.

Due to the workload and high amount of responsibility mounted into the nurse role,
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Burning out is a response to being overworked in prolong difficult situations and the automated response of a nurse to these working conditions is to either decrease commitment to the job or quit overall. Both are a detriment to the health sector and should require a thorough look into how the situation can be improved.

There are various approaches as to how working conditions could be improved for the nursing department, the simple solution being to increase wages. In other occupations this may be the most appropriate and straight-forward approach however in the nursing sector, the idea to raise wages needs to be thoughtfully considered and its effect needs evaluation from multiple perspectives. No doubt, raising wages will heighten the appeal of the occupation, attracting more people into the line of work and therefore fixing the nurse shortage. However this doesn’t improve the preexisting problems regarding work conditions. Bowles & Candela (2005) raised the discussion of whether increasing the output of new graduate nurses is the solution and will solve the shortage problem. Raising nurse’s wage will attract more employees but as Brekke & Nyborg (2010) delved into greater detail, there is a potential risk that higher wage will attract the “wrong type” of people to fill the roles. As a result, the number of nurses will increase but the quality of the nurses employed will remain consistently is unclear . Lets say that idealistically this wasn’t a problem, the
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