4 Biggest Issues the Nursing Industry Faces

The world’s
population is aging, and people are living longer. But the problem is a lot
more concerning than most people recognize. Older people are slated to outnumber children for the first time
in history here soon. It is these older generations that have increased the
demand for quality nursing.

The nursing
industry in the US is slated to grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026.

additional 430,000 people will need to enter the field in the US alone to offer
the healthcare that is needed. Issues that nurses face will also increase in
number, and these issues include:

1. Staffing Shortages

will remain an issue, and it’s an issue that continues to plague many hospitals
and nursing homes. There are not enough nurses to fill all positions, and the
demand for nurses means people are leaving their positions for higher-paying jobs.

Nurse shortages
at the University of Chicago Medical Center have led to protests.

Long hours
and more responsibilities are an issue. If nurses do not enter the field at a
fast enough pace, staffing shortages will continue to increase.

2. Errors Will Increase

workloads, lack of staff and more beds filled increases the risk of nursing errors such as medication mistakes, patient
falls, infections, charting errors, and equipment injuries.

According to
Tsion Chudnovsky, a prominent nursing license lawyer, “higher workloads and nursing
errors also lead to more nurse license complaints, investigations, accusations, and disciplinary
actions that further add to the pressure overworked nurses can feel.”

Board of Registered Nursing statistics show that nurse license complaints surged 23% from 7,389 in 2016 to 9,082 in 2017.
Hospitals will have to work with insurers, or nurses will have to take it upon
themselves, to fight against license complaints.

Errors can
and do happen, but insurance can help lighten the burden.

There has
already been a rise in hospitals being sued. Medical errors are so high that
they account for 10% of all US deaths. Medical errors are the
third-leading cause of death in the country. As more people enter the hospital
or nursing home, these statistics are likely to rise.

3. Compensation Disparity

Nurses will
need to demand higher wages. Every region or city has different pay, but the
wage gaps that exists need to be addressed.

There are
wage gaps between males and females, and there’s also a gap between region.

Nurses in
East South-Central regions earn $4,300 less than average while nurses in the
Pacific earn $18,000 more than average. Males, even though
they’re in the minority in the field, earn $5,000 more than their female

Pay gaps
exist, and if the field hopes to retain talent, the pay gap will need to close
among gender and region.

4. Workplace Violence Rising

violence is rising, and the nursing industry has a lot more workplace safety
issues than other industries. Serious workplace violence is four times greater in healthcare than in private

Nurses are
subject to biting, kicks, scratching, punches and other injuries. Patient
harassment is also a very real threat with 71% of nurses reporting that they
have been harassed by a patient.

Some nurses
have also been stalked by their patients.

for nurses will need to increase to lower injuries and accidents for nurses.

Nursing is a
field that has a high demand, good pay and a lot of overtime, but the industry
does have its issues. Hospitals, doctors, urgent care centers and any business
that employ nurses will need to work on correcting the issues above to retain