Give nurses per­ma­nent po­si­tions

Sunday Tribune - - LETTERS - SAJIDA TIMOL

WE HAVE had a crit­i­cal short­age of nurses for sev­eral years and ap­pear to be at a loss as to how to solve this dilemma.

The lack of nurs­ing staff is linked to poorer pa­tient out­comes and higher costs, de­creased abil­ity to main­tain a safe en­vi­ron­ment, in­creased rates of mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity, and less time nurses can spend with pa­tients.

Nurses are of­ten over­worked and their po­si­tions un­der­staffed.

Pa­tients are com­ing in sicker, and the de­mand for care is in­creas­ing be­cause of our age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Hav­ing fewer nurses forces hos­pi­tals to run on lim­ited staffing, with nurses hav­ing to take on more pa­tients to make up for the lack of staff. Many nurses pick up over­time – some are even forced into manda­tory over­time just so pa­tients are taken care of.

Nurses are lit­er­ally work­ing and work­ing un­til they can no longer work.

Stress, pres­sure, lack of sup­port and other is­sues cause nurses to leave to seek other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Nurses are key in im­prov­ing pa­tient out­comes and re­duc­ing costs, mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity.

Nurses are spe­cial peo­ple, like teach­ers. Few of them are in it for the money.

Re­spect their time, treat them well.

And place them in per­ma­nent po­si­tions.

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