The below statistics and concepts were cited as some of the main factors leading up to the Million Nurse March.
Cause of the Nursing Shortage
Today’s hospital nursing shortage is the direct result of a decade of failed policies of market-driven medical care, characterized by reckless restructuring, downsizing, displacement of RNs by unlicensed staff, and for many RNs a loss of trust in their employers.(California Nurses Association, The Cure for the Nursing Shortage.)
Maryland Nursing Shortage
In August, 2000, the Maryland Hospital Association reported that nearly 15 percent of the nursing jobs in that state were vacant – up 33 percent from January of the same year.
Nursing Shortage around the World
The shortage of nurses is global. England, Australia, Japan, Canada and more are experiencing the same problems.
Johns Hopkins Hospital
In November, 2000, 10 percent of the surgical beds at Johns Hopkins Hospital went idle as a direct result of the nurse staffing shortage – causing delays and cancellations of surgeries.
Factors influencing the Nursing Shortage
There are fewer nurses entering the work force. Factors such as managed care, increased acuity, numerous alternative career opportunities, wage compression, limited career progression, insufficient orientation and mentoring, and the environment of care have led to a deselection of nursing as a career choice. (Taft, Susan. The Nursing Shortage: Introduction. OJIN. January 31, 2001.)
Arkansas Nursing Shortage
Recently, 54 of the 102 members of the Arkansas Hospital Association responded to a nurse staffing survey. These hospitals reported 752 budgeted, vacant RN positions. Projections from the Arkansas Nurses Association show that there will be no more than 657 students graduating from Arkansas nursing schools in 2001.