How Can We Solve Nursing Shortage? | Nurses Month Contest

Nurses Week is right around the corner. We are going to get an early start beginning with this article contest. And…the contest will continue through the month of May - Nurses Month!!!

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How Can We Solve Nursing Shortage? | Nurses Month Contest

Nurses Month Article Contest: $1400.00 in Total Prizes!  5 Winners 

Each Winner Will Receive ($280.00 in prizes)

  1. An Amazon Gift Card ($200)
  2. A Platinum Membership for a year ($30.00 value)
  3. A restaurant gift card with 6 restaurants to choose from ($50.00)

Although nurses have been in the spotlight throughout the Pandemic, Nurses Week is a time for that spotlight to shine even brighter. It's not only a time for others to show appreciation for nurses, but also a time for nurses to step up and let their voices be heard even louder.   It's time to speak up about issues you have been forced to deal with.  


 Scroll down to see the list of the 4 lucky winners.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Article Topics

For this contest, we want to focus on one of the biggest issues facing the Nursing Profession and Healthcare today - the Nursing Shortage.  This is not the first nursing shortage in the history of the nursing profession, but it is probably the largest with the biggest effect on the healthcare and wellbeing of the patients.  Now I know many nurses do not believe there is a true nursing shortage because there are plenty of nurses "out there", but they just aren't working.  They have left the workplace for various reasons - leaving a huge shortage of nurses IN THE WORKPLACE. There is also a shortage of nursing educators resulting in smaller nursing school classes and fewer new nurses. 

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Are nurses leaving the profession or just their bedside job?
  • Why are Nurses Leaving the Workplace?
  • Where are the nurses who have left the workplace
  • Systemic issues
  • Overworked - underpaid?
  • Burnout
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Unsafe staffing ratios
  • COVID concerns
  • What impact have/will recent events had/have on the nursing shortage?
  • Moral injury
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Not appreciated
  • How to bring back the nurses
  • The bottom line - finances? It should be the patient
  • How to resolve the nursing shortage issue
  • Work-related PTSD
  • Shortage of qualified nursing faculty causing nursing students to be turned away
  • Hospital administration
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Current events that have negatively impacted the nursing workforce
  • David (nurses) vs Goliath ( hospital administration)

$1400 in Prizes! $280 Each for Top 5 Articles

Contest Rules of Submission

  • Article tone and content must comply with our contest rules and Terms of Service. No solicitation.
  • Articles must have a minimum of 700 words.
  • Articles must be submitted between April 21st and June 1st.
  • No plagiarism - your article must be written in your own words and cannot be posted on other websites, blogs, etc. prior to posting on allnurses.
  • No solicitation.
  • Articles must be unique and should not be listed on other websites, blogs, article sites etc. prior to posting on allnurses. Once your articles have been published on, you are welcome and encouraged to share them on your other sites and social channels.
  • If you have created your article in a document, you must post all content from that document in the text box as outlined below. DO NOT POST THE DOCUMENT LINK ONLY. Your article submission will not be accepted if we only receive a PDF link.
  • You may submit multiple articles.
  • You grant permission to rights to publish in magazines, books, etc. You will be notified and credited if published.
  • Keep personal formatting choices such as font choice and size to a minimum - use only for headings. 
  • Check grammar, punctuation, and spelling before clicking SUBMIT.
  • Articles will be reviewed and approved by the Editorial Staff for consideration before displaying publicly.
  • Upon closure of the contest, all articles will be reviewed and the top 5 selected by the Editorial Team.  Winners will be listed in this announcement.

The deadline to submit articles for the contest is June 1st at 11:59 PM ET.

Who Can Enter?

This contest is open to nurses and nursing students.  Although you don't have to be an experienced writer, you do need to be a registered allnurses member.  As long as you are a nurse or nursing student with any experience at all, you have something to share.  We want to hear from you.

How to Submit Your Article

STEP 1  Go to the General Nursing Forum and click the green 'ADD NEW TOPIC' button.

STEP 2  Click, "Article?" dropdown menu. Click "Yes I'm Submitting An Article".

STEP 3  Enter the article Title. A great title helps the reader understand what the content will be about. The title should be clear and short. 

STEP 4  Enter a Summary (What is the article about?)

STEP 5  Enter a Headline. The headline should support the title.

STEP 6  Enter article content in the Editor. Do not submit the article as a PDF file. 

STEP 7  Include a list of references with links

STEP 8  Enter (optional) Author Bio

STEP 9  Submit Article. Check grammar, punctuation, and spelling before clicking SUBMIT.

Don't Wait

Get your article submitted now. The sooner you submit your article, the sooner others will read and will be inspired by your article, and the more views and likes you will receive. Who knows...You could be one of the 5 lucky prize winners.

  • You may submit images along with article but not required. We will add our own custom article image.
  • Article will be reviewed by the Editorial Staff. If the Editors have questions, they will contact you for additional information.
  • If you have questions about Article submissions, please contact the Admin Help Desk.
  • Contest Winners will be selected by the Editorial Staff. 

Good luck to everyone!

What have you got to lose?

Celebrate nursing and be proud of the part you play to make nursing the most trusted profession. Add your thoughts on how we can close the gap on the nursing shortage.

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tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

Just a reminder

The deadline to submit articles for this contest in June 1st at 11:59 PM ET.

Don't wait too long.  We would love to see your ideas for solving the nursing shortage.  


tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

152 Articles; 5,918 Posts

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.


We received so many diverse, creative, and inspiring articles sharing ideas and comments about the nursing shortage in the workplace - history, causes, effects, solutions and so much more,… all of which are awesome! Thanks to all of you who shared your articles with us. The task of selecting just five winners was very difficult. 

Five winning articles were selected from the numerous entries. Each winner will receive prizes worth $280. If you have not already done so, I hope you will read all of the articles that were submitted (they are listed below in this thread).  You will see why it was so difficult to choose the winners. Hopefully, many of you will submit articles for future contests.

And the 5 winners are (in no particular order): 

Nurses are the 'Canary in the Mine'  by RNWriter NC, ADN

Old Timer's Take on Fixing the Nursing Shortage  by KathyDay

Top Causes and Symptoms of Nursing Staff Burnout and Ways to Help Reduce The Burnout by Susan Sears RN BSN, BSN, RN

Dear Healthcare Leaders: Self-Care is Not the Answer  by Nurse Writing Nook, BSN

Preventing the Looming Public Crisis - Nursing Shortage   by Aetienne

Watch for a Private Message with instructions on how to retrieve your prize.


Other article submissions

How Long-Term Care Facilities Can Reduce Staff Burnout by Susan Sears RN BSN, BSN, RN

Nursing Shortages Past and Present by Ellen Grover, MSN, RN

The Solution For The Nursing Shortage? More Technology. by SaraE67, BSN

Nursing Then and Now by RNWriter NC, ADN

Nursing Homes Short Staffing Causes and Effects by Susan Sears RN BSN, BSN, RN

Be a nurse they said…  by Beth Higgins

This Guy’s Take on How to Fix the Nursing Shortage Temporarily by Red Shirt 6, CNA

Be the Coral by Murybur

The Healthcare Hero Paradox and the Alleged Nursing Shortage by AM408, BSN, RN

My "Horoscope" for Nursing Shortages by MarkMyWords

Nurse Staffing – A Crisis of Epidemic Proportions by cherylrenee

COVID: The Straw That Broke the Nurse’s Back by AnneD.RN

Fix Staffing Ratios by Monetizing the Value of Nurses by LeChele Mack, BSN, RN