There’s been talk of a potential nursing shortage for years now, and it appears to have arrived. Many medical centers are understaffed. Professionals are saying that they have a problem where older nurses are retiring, but also that younger nurses are leaving the profession, so they’re not taking those spots.
The problem with this is that it leads to understaffing in hospitals. Will that in turn lead to more medical mistakes or instances of malpractice?
“They’re giving everything”
When asked about the nurses who are still working at one hospital, officials said that they were giving everything they had. This is inspiring because you want nurses who are working hard to give you proper care, but it’s also worrying. Anyone who is pushed to the point where they are giving everything they have simply to complete their job by the end of the day may not be able to provide the optimal level of service at the same time.
Additionally, a lot of nurses have long hours and the job itself is very stressful. This is actually what has led to a lot of nurses walking away from the profession over the last few years. It means that those who stayed are also more likely to be burned out. They’re trying to pick up the slack from not having enough workers, but they’re also doing a stressful job that just wears people down over time – and that happens in the best of circumstances.
Have you been injured?
Unfortunately, all of this means that medical mistakes may be more likely in the future. If you’ve been injured by a negligent doctor or nurse, be sure you know exactly what steps you can take.