Nurses are still under pressure—here’s what healthcare organizations can do about it

US healthcare organizations are still grappling with a nursing shortage crisis. While some health systems have had success in rebuilding their nursing workforces in recent months, estimates still suggest a potential shortage of 200,000 to 450,000 nurses in the United States, with acute-care settings likely to be most affected, according to a recent article by senior partner Gretchen Berlin and coauthors. And as of March 2023, 45 percent of inpatient nurses reported they are likely to leave their role in the next six months, citing feeling undervalued by their organization and not having a manageable workload as their top two reasons. Healthcare leaders cannot build an effective staffing strategy without understanding how nurses are spending their time, how they would like to spend their time, and how their needs are evolving. Check out these insights for highlights from new research conducted by McKinsey in collaboration with the ANA Enterprise, and dive into resources for organizations as they continue their journeys of attracting, supporting, and retaining a vibrant workforce.

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Assessing the lingering impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce

The gathering storm in US healthcare


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