Amid a shortage of doctors and an explosion in the number of nurse practitioners with doctorates, many nursing groups are pushing to expand what nurses can do without physicians’ supervision. Physicians, meanwhile, are pushing to keep nurse practitioners and physician assistants under their oversight, arguing that giving more autonomy to providers with less rigorous training could put patients at risk.
Fifty-nine percent of nurses said that their experiences working during the COVID-19 pandemic had somewhat or significantly reduced their likelihood of remaining in their current field.
Union membership among U.S. nurses has inched up over the past 15 years and held steady, at about 17%, for five years. But 2021, a year of union organizing and holdouts in such disparate workplaces as Starbucks cafes and John Deere tractor plants, might well be a turning point for essential workers in health care.
Hospitals nationwide are canceling nonemergency surgeries, struggling to quickly find beds for patients and failing to meet the minimum nurse-patient ratios experts recommend.
Since school doors opened this fall, school nurses have been working nonstop on COVID-19 contact tracing and quarantines.
But while it is easy and cost-free to tell a pollster you’ll quit your job, actually doing so when it means losing a paycheck you and your family may depend upon is another matter.
Across the country, thousands of hospitals are overwhelmed with critically ill patients, prompting many overburdened nurses to change careers or retire early. The shortages are particularly dire in rural areas, rural health experts say, because of the aging workforce and population, smaller salaries and intense workload.
Decision could mean that hospitals and other employers will need to revise their policies barring workers from talking to the news media and posting on social media.
Nurses and support staff members died in far higher numbers than physicians.
Health care workers across the country say they feel underappreciated by their employers and disillusioned with the medical profession.
Enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs increased nearly 6%.
The typical workaround for staffing shortages — hiring clinicians from out of town — isn’t the solution anymore
Huge vacancies in VA medical centers means that veterans are not getting the health care they need.
Dozens of nursing homes and hospitals ignored official guidelines to separate COVID patients, as a result staff became infected and some died.
Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate protective gear,