A shortage of nurses has caused concern among elected officials and health care analysts for decades. At least two Iowa governors have convened task forces to investigate the problem and offer recommendations.
With all the added scrutiny and few practical solutions to show for it, most signs point to a nursing crisis that continues to get worse, and Iowa is likely to bear the brunt of it.
The American Health Care Association estimated in July that 116,000 nursing positions in hospitals and more than 19,000 positions in long-term care facilities were vacant. The problem is projected to skyrocket by 2010 to an estimated shortage of 275,000 nurses. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services anticipates a shortage of 1 million nurses.
A significant cause of the problem is a lack of qualified educators to train new nurses. Nearly 2,000 otherwise qualified applicants to Iowa nursing programs
were not able to attend in 2008 due to educator shortages.
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May 5, '09
I think a huge problem is that floor nurses are getting paid more than nurse instructors and professors, which isn't that much to begin with. Why get your Master's degree to work for less than $20 something an hour? I have a couple of instructor friends who quit teaching at my local C.C to go back to the hospital because of this very reason.
p.s My hospital (South Central part of Iowa) is also in a nurse hiring freeze.....
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May 5, '09
I agree with mariposabella. It's the working conditions that drive nurses away. Since becoming a nurse in 1987, I have seen five of my colleges obtain their real estate licenses, two go on and obtain their law degree, three become consultants, and others that dropped out of nursing to pursue other avenues outside of the medical field. All of them stated the reason was working conditions; stress, patient overload, frustration at not being able to perform their job to the best of their ability, insurance haggling stating what they can or cannot do or have to outsource, discharging pts home too early, hospital policies and the increasing demand of documentation! When I worked in the hospital it seems that all I could do was keep up with IV's, meds, and paperwork! I still am in nursing but would never recomend it to my daughters.
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