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The US health system is facing a crisis of confidence.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed that, in the first three months of 2018, the nation’s hospitals had just over 2,300 nurses in their hospitals.
That’s about one nurse for every 100,000 people in the country.
But that doesn’t mean that a nurse’s job is completely unimportant.
What matters is that nurses are needed to provide a level of care and expertise that is lacking in many other fields, including in many hospitals.
In fact, in a recent survey by the National Nurses Association (NNA), almost a third of nurses said that the healthcare workforce was not meeting their needs.
When we speak of “the nursing workforce”, we’re talking about all those workers who are required to stay in the hospital to care for their patients.
Nurses, especially, are in a unique position to do this, since they are among the only professions in the healthcare industry that receive funding from Medicare.
The nursing profession has historically been a relatively low-paid one, but as the health care sector grows, it’s important to consider how this workforce is becoming more and more important.
We’ve written a lot about this in the past, but what’s new is the recent publication of a report by the NNA.
The report outlines a number of important challenges facing the nursing workforce.
First and foremost, nurses are underpaid.
The NNA found that in 2018, only 14% of nurses were making enough to cover their health insurance costs.
That’s an awful lot of money, but it’s still only 11.5% of the total workforce.
Second, nurses aren’t receiving the same kind of training that they would if they were working in other professions.
Nursants in some of the most expensive areas, such as orthopedic and respiratory surgery, are just not getting the training they need to stay competitive in these fields.
The report notes that nurses have an average of two years of experience, and that most nurses don’t receive any sort of formal training beyond basic training in general nursing.
So, in short, we need nurses to be paid more.
Third, there’s a shortage of nurses.
Nursess are needed in the most-expensive areas, but they’re not getting enough training to stay ahead of the competition.
In the study, nearly half of nurses in the United States said that they were currently on their second year of nursing school.
In other words, more than a third said that, at the end of their first year of training, they didn’t have the required knowledge to be a safe, reliable nurse.
Fourth, it doesn’t help that hospitals are having trouble finding qualified nurses.
According to the NNAA, only 26% of nursing schools have a minimum number of nurses that meet the requirements for an internship.
Nurses have a long history of working in hospitals, and a shortage is a problem, but we need to focus more on the shortage than the problem.
We need to improve the supply chain, not the supply of nurses, so that we can get nurses into these jobs.
Fifth, we’ve got a problem with funding.
A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center for Health Innovation found that, across the US, about one-third of the healthcare budget is going to healthcare providers, not nurses.
The problem is that healthcare providers can charge more for services and that’s not an option for nurses.
Sixth, and most importantly, we can’t do this on our own.
We can’t afford to keep nursing schools empty.
There are so many issues with our health care system that we’re facing.
Nursis aren’t just the ones who have to take the brunt of the burden of care, but the rest of us also need to make sure that our healthcare system is accessible and affordable for everyone.
So, what do you think?
What do you need as a nurse?
Tell us in the comments below!
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