Oregon Hospitals Struggles: The number of RNs working in the United States in 2021 was 55,000 lower than in 2020, according to the BLS. And it has to do with a number of discoveries.
First and foremost is workplace violence against medical professionals. The American Federation of Teachers Healthcare Division ran a countrywide survey of nurses asking what else may be contributing to this staffing issue.
Unsafe Staffing Is To Blame For Oregon Hospitals Struggles
Sixty-one per cent of nurses reported that the pandemic had an adverse effect on their mental health, and fifteen per cent indicated they had recently considered suicide as a result. Not only are there fewer nurses available, but those who are working report feeling overburdened as a result.
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In Oregon particularly, 50% of nurses claimed they were caring for too many patients on most of their shifts. About 99 per cent stated that there is insufficient staffing in their units rarely or never.
“We’re dealing with a public health crisis,” said Kevin Mealy, spokesperson for the Oregon Nurses Association. “And it’s just going to become worse over the coming few months and years if we let it fester. Working in healthcare now is more challenging than at any time in the past.
Mealy claims the report’s findings don’t come as a shock to him.
Mealy explained that waiting times for admission, treatment, and discharge are all increased due to a shortage of nurses. That entails less effective treatment for patients and a greater likelihood of subsequent hospitalizations due to the same medical issue.”
In statements said the following:
“The Oregon Nurses Association is a valuable partner in OHSU’s efforts to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all of our employees, and we take our responsibility to protect the health and well-being of our patients and clinical staff very seriously. Oregonians need OHSU now more than ever, and we appreciate our devoted healthcare staff for continuing to go above and beyond through this unprecedented time to offer our patients great, compassionate care.”
Healthcare Facilities of Oregon
“Oregon’s hospitals have been stating for over two years that the system is in distress, and a key reason is the nationwide staffing deficit. Since the well-being of our patients is always our first priority, we have turned to temporary workers to fill in the gaps in our permanent workforce. But we need common sense, long-term measures to rebuild our nursing workforce.”
Long-Term Health Effects of a Family’s Medical History” “Legacy Health places utmost importance on the wellness of its employees. Over the past three years, our 14,000 caregivers have helped our patients and communities overcome unprecedented hardships, and for that, we are eternally thankful.
In Oregon specifically, 50% of nurses said they're caring for too many patients on most of their shifts. About 99% said their units are sometimes or never staffed appropriately. https://t.co/RT402mHXfO
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“We are establishing new evidence-based wellness programmes that promote the physical, psychological and professional safety of our nurses, physicians and staff, and we’ve been recognised for offering wellness programmes that engage a variety of varied employee and patient populations.
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“In terms of patient care, our nurses are indispensable. If there is a concern about staffing levels or safety, we will listen and take appropriate action. Our nurse wellness and support services have been enhanced by:
- Counselling and coaching services for mental health have been expanded.
- Wellness days provide additional time off.
- Expanded access to complementary and alternative medicine services like chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, and more “
Moreover, we’re doing something about the nationwide lack of nurses by:
- Guaranteeing that our nurses receive market-rate pay and benefits
- We are offering recruiting incentives to increase the size of our residency programme.
- There has been a surge in hiring across the board in an effort to fill open positions.
We are eager to collaborate with our colleagues in the business community to find a solution to the labour crisis in our region.
Mealy has announced that the union will be introducing new legislation in Salem that would provide safer staffing methods for hospitals and medical care facilities, such as imposing breaks between long work shifts and mandatory meal times.
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