RN Shortages cause a plethora of problems
RN shortages are causing so many problems.
Patients are waiting longer for nurses to get to them in order to provide basic care such as toileting and bathing. Medications are not being given on time. Acuity is at an all time high and patients are becoming more complex and coming in with multiple co-morbidities. Patient stays are increasing.
Nurses at my facility are working well over 12 hour shifts because they are unable to get everything done. They are being denied time off they are entitled to because there is not enough staff available to cover absences. Stress levels on units are high and morale has decreased significantly. There are more nurse absences due to illness and burnout!
Nurses are routinely working shifts without taking breaks. Violence towards nurses by patients is increasing and there is really not much done by employers.