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The nursing shortage is not stopping. Registered nurses are near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth (BLS 2012 Table 8 – RNs are #4). Additionally:
These factors, combined with an anticipated strengthening of the economy, will create a renewed critical shortage for nurses.
According to the Nursing World, while nursing shortage affords opportunity, there are negative effects to the nursing shortage. Nurses often need to work long hours under stressful conditions, which can result in fatigue, injury, and job dissatisfaction. Nurses suffering in these environments are more prone to making mistakes and medical errors. Patient quality can suffer. For these reasons, and more, ANA is dedicated to improving the workplace safety for nurses around the nation.
Nursing Shortage Legislation and Strategies ANA lobbies both houses of congress, as well as the federal agencies, on policies and legislation to bolster the number of RNs and nurse faculty.