||Statistics: Nurses Perception
Why Nurses leave the Bedside; An RN's Perspective
"1. Virtually all registered nurses (RNs) in the United States believe that there is a nursing shortage, and the vast majority have witnessed its effects firsthand. Most RNs also report that staffing problems at the place where they work have gotten worse in the past year. (Table ES-1)
* Virtually all (95%) RNs who currently work as nurses agree that there is a nursing shortage. An overwhelming majority (88%) believes that in their community, the supply of registered nurses working in patient care settings is less than the demand.
* In the past year, at least two out
of three working RNs have observed an increase in the turnover of experienced
nurses (72%), a greater number of patients per nurse (68%), and increases
in overtime or double shifts for nurses (66%). Most (57%) have also witnessed
increases in the use of agency, internal float pool, or traveling nurses.
least six out of ten of all RNs think that the following would help a "great
deal" to solve the nursing shortage:
"Thousands of nurses--7,560, to be exact--completed
the AJN Patient Care Survey, which was published in the March 1996 issue
of AJN. It's the largest survey of nurses' views on health care and nursing
practice ever conducted. Nurses responded from every state and territory
in the United States and represented a wide range of positions and specialties.
Your participation, and your detailed comments describing conditions in
your workplace, have given us the best picture to date of what's happening
in the U.S. health care system and in your practice. It's a picture with
some commonalties. Nurses across the nation, in every setting and specialty,
report that they're taking care of more patients, have been cross-trained
to take on more nursing responsibilities, and have substantially less time
to provide all aspects of nursing care. But it's also a picture noteworthy
for the differences--across regions of the country, settings, specialties,