Running head: Scarce Resource Article Assessment
Scarce Resource Article Assessment
University of Phoenix
Nur/531 Influencing the Future of Nursing and Health Care
February 1, 2010
Nursing Shortage 2
The purpose of this paper is to prepare an editorial response to the article entitled, Nursing Shortage: Have We Missed the Real Problem? This author will discuss and define the issue and the article. The author will then discuss influencing factors and support the importance of this issue. The author will discuss consequences and challenges of addressing this issue and a proposed solution. This paper will conclude with this writer’s personal expression regarding this topic.
Nursing Shortage 3
This editorial response is in regards to the July 2005 editorial regarding nursing shortage. This author would like to commend the author on the article entitled, Nursing Shortage: Have We Missed the Real Problem? The article was found to be informative in regards to the subject matter, having significant content. Everyday, we are reminded of the existing nursing shortage within the United States. Discussion surrounding this topic is complex and interrelated. Today’s nursing shortage is very real and very different from any experienced in the past. The new nursing shortage is evidenced by fewer nurses entering the workforce, acute nursing shortages in certain geographic areas, and a shortage of nurses adequately prepared to meet certain areas of patient need in an ever changing health care environment. As a result, there is a growing realization that the supply of appropriately prepared nurses is inadequate to meet the needs of a diverse population.
The article discussed the need to provide nurses with tools and the skills utilized by other professions so they can deliver quality care using the most up-to-date technology available. While the shortage of nursing colleagues is significant, those left behind...