September 12, 2023
The healthcare industry is facing a nursing shortage, a pressing challenge that demands immediate attention. A recent study published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation revealed that approximately half of hospital-based nurses experience emotional exhaustion, fatigue, and burnout on a regular basis. At Infor, we understand the rewarding yet stressful nature of providing patient care. To gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by nurses beyond their primary role, we conducted a nationwide survey of over 1,000 nurses. The results highlighted numerous struggles that can be alleviated through technology, relieving nurses of administrative burdens while focusing on patient care and significantly enhancing nurse retention strategies.
The Underrated Wellbeing Factors
Beyond the bedside, there are four crucial aspects often overlooked when assessing the wellbeing and happiness of nursing staff:
- Accuracy of Paychecks: Ensuring that nurses receive accurate and timely paychecks is essential for their financial security and overall job satisfaction.
- Availability of Supplies: Having the necessary supplies readily available is critical for nurses to care for their patients efficiently and safely.
- Support for Supervisors: Supervisors play a crucial role in maintaining a positive work environment and providing the necessary guidance and support to nursing staff.
- Safe Patient Assignments: Proper patient assignments are essential for maintaining patient safety and the overall wellbeing of nurses.
Addressing the Nursing Shortage
While increasing the pipeline of nurses seems like an obvious solution, it is easier said than done. However, there are tangible steps that health systems can take now to improve nurse satisfaction and wellbeing.
Focusing on Administrative Burdens
By addressing the administrative burdens that add unnecessary work and stress to nurses' lives, organizations can ensure that their valuable time is devoted to patient care. Infor's technology solutions offer relief from these burdens, enabling nurses to focus on what matters most - their patients.
Ensuring Essential Standards:
Health systems must meet essential standards that should be the bare minimum for professionals who save lives daily. These standards include providing nurses with the necessary supplies for safe and efficient patient care, making fair staffing decisions, and accurate and timely pay for their work.
Infor goes beyond delivering on these essential standards. Our healthcare solutions empower nurses, providing them with the resources they need to thrive in their profession while delivering the highest quality patient care.
The healthcare industry faces a pressing nursing shortage, but there are healthcare staffing solutions to enhance nurse wellbeing and ensure top-notch patient care. By acknowledging the often-overlooked cause of nurse turnover and addressing administrative and staffing issues in healthcare, organizations can make a tangible difference. Infor stands ready to support health systems with effective nurse retention strategies in these endeavors, empowering nurses to excel in their noble mission of saving lives. Together, we can build a healthier future for both nursing professionals and the patients they serve. Contact us today to learn how.