My Nursing Journey: The Nursing Shortage

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Since the beginning of my nursing journey, I have heard about the nursing shortage. It seems unreal to me simply because of how competitive nursing school is and the amount of people that try to become nurses. So why do we have a nursing shortage? “The persistent nursing shortage is challenging the values and beliefs of the nursing profession and causing nurses to ask how they can fulfill their ethical responsibilities to patients when there are an insufficient number and a maldistribution of nurses” (Erlen, 2004, p. 289). As a result nurses are expressing burnout and job dissatisfaction, moral distress, and the inability to provide quality care to their patients (Erlen, 2004, p. 289). Since the profession of nursing is struggling with

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