FL nursing shortage will grow | Jacksonville Business Journal

This is one of the few articles I have found about the nursing shortage that actually includes the economic slowdown as well as the impending changes from the new health care bill.  Although many states say they “have no nursing shortage”, my opinion is that either they are unaware of the projected needs of the state or their nurses are so overworked that they don’t have a second to voice an opinion.

In Austin, I am frequently told that there is no nursing shortage here.  Great!  Explain to me then why I work with more than 5 acutely psychotic patients at a time.  There are some hospitals that staff 12:1 on some shifts, even.  I guess there is no shortage if the nurses working now are able to do more and more for less and less.

Don’t get me wrong, I work hard and make a decent living.  I don’t want to be anything except a nurse.  What I do want to be, however, is a nurse with a voice and some control over my workplace/workload.  I want to be a nurse that gives excellent nursing care and takes great care of my clients.  What I find is I am struggling just to get the minimum done each shift.  I don’t like this.

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New projections from the Florida Center for Nursing show that the implementation of health care reform, along with a slowly recovering economy, may cause the nursing shortage to grow.

The Orlando-based Florida Center for Nursing, which studies the state’s nurse workforce needs, said the shortage will grow to more than 50,300 full-time registered nurses by the year 2025.

The center said it expects an increase in retirements and a reduction in the workforce participation of nurses — which is at historic highs due to the recession. Combined with a lack of faculty and clinical space, the result will be very slow growth in the number of working nurses.

“We have been urging stakeholders all along not to be lulled into complacency by the temporary reduction in the nursing shortage,” said Mary Lou Brunell, the center’s executive director. “With these new forecasts, we’re now able to put a timeline on the reemergence of the nursing shortage and quantify its severity.”

The center projects a continuing tight labor market for RNs over the next three years, owing to a sluggish economy. Once the major provisions expanding coverage within health care reform are enacted in 2014, the shortage is expected to increase rapidly. By 2015, the shortage may top 11,000 nurses, and by 2020 it may reach more than 37,500.

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