Nursing Shortages and Solutions

May 19, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under For Career Seekers, For Employers

Last modified May 20, 2020

According to this editorial by Health eCareers, nursing continues to encompass the largest occupational group in the health sector. There are 27.9 million nurses around the world, accounting for approximately 59 percent of health professions. Unfortunately, even prior to the coronavirus outbreak, we suffered from a nursing shortage on a global level. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects the need of at least 6 million more nurses over the next decade in order to to achieve the global development goals on health. Add in the advancing pandemic, and these numbers only grow.

The State of the World’s Nursing 2020, a new report published by the WHO, provides a comprehensive look at the nursing industry and several suggestions for combating our nursing shortage from around the world:

  • Increase funding to educate and employ more nurses.
  • Strengthen capacity to collect, analyze, and act on data about the health workforce.
  • Monitor nurse mobility and migration and manage it responsibly and ethically.
  • Educate and train nurses in the scientific, technological, and sociological skills they need to drive progress in primary healthcare.
  • Establish leadership positions including a government chief nurse and support leadership development among young nurses.
  • Ensure that nurses in primary healthcare teams work to their full potential, for example in preventing and managing noncommunicable diseases.
  • Improve working conditions including through safe staffing levels, fair salaries, and respecting rights to occupational health and safety.
  • Implement gender-sensitive nursing workforce policies.
  • Modernize professional nursing regulation by harmonizing education and practice standards and using systems that can recognize and process nurses’ credentials globally.
  • Strengthen the role of nurses in care teams by bringing different sectors (health, education, immigration, finance, and labor) together with nursing stakeholders for policy dialogue and workforce planning.
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