The US Nursing Shortage Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the implications of the nursing shortage on the profession and the quality of healthcare services in the United States.
# 149769 | 1,954 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 30, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper discusses how the United States is currently experiencing a severe shortage of qualified nurses and how there is a near consensus that the problem is expected to become much more severe in the future as the Baby Boomer segment of the population retires and begins to experience a wide range of age-related medical problems. The paper also looks at how although nursing shortages have occurred in the past, the nursing shortage today is different in fundamental ways as a result of changes in demographics, work expectations and a growing sense of job dissatisfaction as a result of understaffing and overworked nurses. To determine what can be done, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature to identify salient cultural, legal and ethical issues involved, the implications for nursing and the quality of patient care, as well as a personal response to the literature reviewed. A summary of the research and important findings are presented in the conclusion. This paper includes a figure.

Review and Discussion
Cultural, Legal and Ethical Factors
Implications for Nursing
Personal Response

From the Paper:

"The implications for nurses are significant, of course, as fewer nurses mean a higher patient-to-staff ratio and less time available for quality care with a concomitant increase in burnout and job dissatisfaction. In this regard, Anderson emphasizes that, "The odds of patient mortality increase 7 percent for every additional patient in the average nurse's workload in the hospital. Increasing a nurse's workload from 4 to 8 patients would be accompanied by a 31 percent increase in patient mortality" (2007, p. 1). Therefore, the implications for patients, too, are significant. According to a report by Stanton (2004), "Hospital nurse staffing is a matter of major concern because of the effects it can have on patient safety and quality of care. Hospitals with low nurse staffing levels tend to have higher rates of poor patient outcomes such as pneumonia, shock, cardiac arrest, and urinary tract infections" (pp. 2, 1). While the nursing shortage is severe across the board, Anderson (2007) also points out that it is particular acute in rural areas of the country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, S. (2007, September). Deadly consequences: The hidden impact of America's nursing shortage. National Foundation for American Policy brief, 1-11. [Online]. Available:
  • Elgie, R. (2007, November 28). Politics, economics, and nursing shortages: A critical look at United States government policies. Nursing Economics. [Online]. Available: http://
  • Glover, N. M. & Blankenship, C. J. (2007). Mexican and Mexican Americans' beliefs about God in relation to disability. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 73(4), 41-42.
  • Halter, M. J. (2002). Stigma in psychiatric nursing. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 38(1), 23- 24.
  • O'Connell, J. & Bryan, P. B. (2000). More Hippocrates, less hypocrisy: 'Early offers' as a means of implementing the Institute of Medicine's Recommendations on malpractice law. Journal of Law and Health, 15(1), 23-24.

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