Time to Focus on Rural Nurse Staffing
When nurses are in abundant supply, nurse leaders and hospitals tend feel a sense of relief. But nurse leaders are urged not take their staffing levels for granted, and perhaps nowhere is this more important than in rural areas, where healthcare provider recruitment is an even greater challenge.
An editorial in the most recent issue of the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care cites research predicting that "over the next several years this bubble of abundance of RNs will deflate if not burst." Translation: Nurse leaders need to be prepared.
"This time of a more abundant supply of RNs is a time for rural areas to strengthen the ranks of rural nurses," writes journal editor Pamela Stewart Fahs, DSN, RN.
Rural healthcare organizations would certainly feel a future nursing shortage more acutely than their urban counterparts. After all, rural organizations already have trouble recruiting providers away from big cities where every amenity—professional and personal—is available in favor of places that might be 20 miles away from the nearest grocery story.
That's why Fahs implores nurse leaders in her editorial to "use this time to reduce professional isolation, [and] provide training that assists both individual nurses and the organization in growth to provide the best possible health care."
- Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers
- Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence
- The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
- Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure
- Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT
- SCOTUS Review of NC Board Case 'A Very Big Deal' to Providers
- CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals
- Physicians Take SGR Repeal Message to Washington
- Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion