The main fear is that the quality of treatment would suffer due to the increased nurse-to-patient ratios. According to research, assigning more patients to a single nurse increases the chance of hospitalization and patient fatality. Patients also indicate lower satisfaction with a hospital or clinic with fewer nurses on duty and more excellent patient-to-nurse ratios.
The nursing shortage will affect not just patients but also nurses. Working settings will be more stressful, with more extended working periods and unbalanced work and life. This may cause more nurses to burn out and leave the profession, escalating the problem.
Facilities throughout the United States are adjusting their strategies to address critical workforce shortages, increasingly depending on staffing firms to cover such gaps. As they prepare for the future, hospital administrators in the United States who are bearing the brunt of the shortfall will need to adopt a holistic strategy to healthcare staffing.