Addressing the nursing shortage with employee engagement

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 526,800 more nurses will be needed by 2022.” A Washington Post article by Martie Moore, CNO at Medline Industries, Inc., discusses this shortage of nurses and the unlikely reasons behind it. According to Moore, this shortage is not just a result of retiring Baby Boomers, but is also due to nurses leaving the field because they “don’t feel they’re making enough of a difference for their patients.”

Hospitals can address and combat these detrimental feelings by rounding on staff members, understanding their concerns, recognizing all-star staff members, and taking action upon their suggestions. Through the introduction of this type of employee focus, nurses will feel more engaged with their organizations which in turn makes them feel more engaged with their patients. These changes create an enormous benefit for hospitals since nurses who feel that they are actually making a difference will likely want to continue to care for patients in the years to come. Broadly, it is necessary for hospitals to acknowledge and adapt to the changing healthcare landscape in a way that helps nurses feel they are making the difference they have always wanted to make. Read the full Washington Post article here.

In her role as Market Manager for Hospitals and Health Systems, Lucia Huang, RN, integrates her previous experiences on the front lines of patient care within the broader context of the business of healthcare. She is passionate about empowering nurses to provide the highest quality and experience of patient care through technology. Lucia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BSN from the School of Nursing.