Women 's Lack Of Women

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Women have traditionally been the natural caretakers of families and children. The home was primarily the “center of health care” but, in 1751 as the first hospital opened, society naturally expected that women would become dominant in the nursing career since they were expected to be caretakers. With women being primary in this career, nurses often times worked with no pay and received very little respect other than being hand maidens. Since 1998 hospitals have seen an increasing deficit of registered nurses (RNs): “By 2025 the nursing shortage is projected to reach 500,000 RNs” (Nursing Economics, 144). Not only are the facilities suffering from the shortage but so are the employees. With a decrease in RNs in the healthcare field also…show more content…
Why exactly is that number so high? So, we might ask, how did this shortage begin? The baby Boomers of 1956 to 1964 are beginning to retire or are nearing retirement age. A 2013 survey done by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, showed that 55% of the RN workforce is age 50 or older. As the baby boomer generation begins to increase in age, so does the number of registered nurses medical facilities are short by. Baby boomers are not the only contributing factor in this shortage in fact, as the number of RNs retiring increases, so does the workload and demand on those in the RN workforce. This can be extremely stressful on nurses causing them to leave the profession all together. As nurses leave this puts pressure on those who remain on the job because they have to work more hours and do more tasks. For example, they typically nurse works 8-hour shifts per day, but with the nursing shortage these 8-hour shifts might end up being 12 hours or more. Whereas before a nurse might assist 10 patients a day, this workload has increased to 16-17. This causes a lot of stress and exhaustion for the nurses, but it also leads to less care for the patients since the nurses have less time for each. According to a study conducted by Dan Hassan, “Overworked, fatigued and stressed nurses are at a higher risk of making mistakes that threaten patient safety as well as their own health”. Having less time for a patient means the
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