“Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals” – Reuters

nursing shortage

Short on staff

A nationwide shortage is forcing U.S. hospitals to spend billions of dollars to recruit and retain nurses rather than risk patient safety or close down departments.

“MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) – A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.

“The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to attract a shrinking pool of nurses.

To keep its operations intact, Charleston Medical is spending this year $12 million on visiting or “travel” nurses, twice as much as three years ago. It had no need for travel nurses a decade ago.

“‘I’ve been a nurse 40 years, and the shortage is the worst I’ve ever seen it,’ said Ron Moore … “

Continue reading this Reuters article in its entirety, click here.

To see the entire graphic on the U.S. nursing shortage, click tmsnrt.rs/2xQ9Y0K

 

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