A Crisis for Health Care: How the Nursing Shortage Impacts Patient Care, Education and Burnout

The United States is experiencing a nursing shortage that is expected to expand over the next 10 years.

By: Anna Hoffman
. UF Health oncology nurse Eyrone Bush speaks with a physician on the unit.

The Root of the Shortage

“Every year, there are more and more jobs for nurses. As the general public is aging and dealing with more complex health care issues and more chronic conditions there are more needs for nurses to care for people."
Anna M. McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN
UF College of Nursing dean and the Linda Harman Aiken Professor

Educated Nurses to Meet Complex Needs

Every 10% increase in BSN-prepared nurses is associated with a 7% decrease in patient mortality.
Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN
in The Lancet

The Backbone of Health Care

. Archer Family Health Care patient Joy Kubotsuka (left) consults with a DNP student Noreen Haq (right) and practice director Denise Schentrup, APRN, DNP (center).
“You can’t function without nurses. They’re the backbone, I think, of the health care system. I think it’d crumble if you didn’t have nurses.”
Joy Kubotsuka

The Changing Role of Nurses

Eyrone Bush, MSN, RN Eyrone Bush, MSN, RN, makes adjustments to a patient’s chemotherapy treatment at UF Health Shands Hospital.

The Future of Nursing

BSN student Marianna Colon in the College of Nursing’s Nursing Resource Center BSN student Marianna Colon in the College of Nursing’s Nursing Resource Center.
"I feel like with me becoming a nurse in general, I’m adding to the number and I can help any way possible."
Marianna Colon
UF College of Nursing BSN senior
Marianna Colon BSN student Marianna Colon during an international study abroad trip to Grenada.