Registered nurses (RNs) are a critical part of the United States’ healthcare system. Every day, many of the nation’s 4.3 million RNs work to assist doctors and other practitioners in providing quality care to patients. But experts are alerting the public about an uncomfortable truth: a big nursing shortage is right around the corner, and in some places, it’s already begun.
Inside the Nursing Shortage
Let’s dive into some of the facts. According to a 2019 article published in the peer-reviewed “American Journal of Medical Quality,” 30 states will see a significant shortage of RNs by 2030, an increase from five states in 2009. But why is this happening?
First, consider who makes up America’s population. Baby Boomers are aging rapidly, which only increases the generation’s demand for health services. Coupled with the fact that nurses themselves are getting closer to retirement—the median age of an RN is 52 years old—and you have a recipe for a nursing shortage.
But the reasons behind this shortage go much deeper than just age. In fact, many nurses are beginning to feel burned out and many may leave their profession. Just take it from a 2022 survey conducted by the American Nurses Foundation and the American Nurses Association, which found that 52% of nurses are considering leaving their current position. These nurses cited insufficient staffing, poor health and well-being due to their jobs, and an inability to provide high-quality care as their main reasons behind why they are considering leaving.
Nursing schools are also struggling to find faculty and clinical spaces to teach students, putting caps on enrollment numbers, which ultimately impacts how many new RNs will work in the profession in the future.
Bridge Staffing Gaps with Travel Nurses
It’s easy to imagine how the quality of patient care would significantly decrease if there aren’t enough nurses to go around. Luckily, travel nurses are a temporary solution for hospitals, clinics and other short-staffed healthcare facilities—and a staffing company can help place these qualified medical professionals quickly and efficiently.
Take our healthcare staffing company for example. We have built an extensive network of high-quality travel nurses and allied health professionals and have experience staffing operations in all U.S. states and territories. When we partner with a healthcare setting to help solve their staffing challenges, we leverage our connections and knowledge of the industry to find the best fit.
Barton’s Here for Support
If your healthcare facility is facing nurse shortages, rely on Barton Healthcare Staffing to help you maintain a positive patient to nurse ratio. Reach out to us online today to get started.