Reports have it the problem of nursing shortage in the state of Massachusetts is at an all time high rate. This report is based on research done with the cooperation of 76 healthcare facilities in state. Between the years 2010 and 2011 alone, a percentage hike from 3 to 3.9 percent was recorded with regards to the deficiency in the number of registered nurses in the workforce. If the downward spiral is not averted, then the 19 percent projected growth in the field of nursing will not be met.
The study has shown that the most affected type of health care facility is the specialized hospitals where the shortage rate has blown to a high 5.1 percent. Acute case hospitals on the other also are experiencing a high shortage rate of 3.9 percent. Major shortage in nurses is also being felt in some of the most complex departments in these hospitals namely the emergency room, the pediatric department and home health sector. The departments that are not experiencing any significant nursing shortage percentage are physiotherapy department, nursery departments, post-partum departments and special skills nursing.
But looking at the problem starting 24 years back, the state has shown marked improvement in dealing with this problem. All in all the 4.1 shortage percentage has been recorded which is just slightly higher than that of the present. Unfortunately, the shortage problem has become bigger and if the state government fails to answer this, then Massachusetts will experience an all time high in shortage of nurses starting next year.
There are 24 nursing schools scattered all over the state. This is actually a good number and all of these are acknowledged by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Unfortunately, these nursing schools had to turn their backs on 4,495 nursing applicants because of the shortage in nursing staff in the faculty. With this fact in mind, the demand for nurse educators is also at a high rate. Today, among the 121,469 registered nurses in the state, only about 8.2 percent are advanced practical nurses. These are tha main reasons why Massachusetts is now exerting a lot of effort to entice people to take up nursing and for registered nurses to take up post graduate courses to enhance their knowledge and prepare them for the tougher jobs ahead. There is also conscious efforts in concentrating on the healthcare needs of those living in the 45 medically unserved portions of the state. These areas are where 56.71 percent of the populous of Massachusetts can be found.
State officials have laid out the structure for better compensation for their nurses and hope that this will attract the current workforce to develop their nursing skills more. Te median income they offer in the state is well above national standards. The exact figures doled out are based on some criteria in which experience is almost always at the top of the list. Other important factors that dictate the amount of compensation are the employer and the location of the health facility where the nurse is employed. Nurses who are employed within the Cambridge and Boston areas receive the highest compensation packages in the whole of Massachusetts. The problem is that the rural parts are where the nurses’ compensation is at its lowest, and these are the areas where shortage of nurses is being experienced. This is where the problem is. And this is where the state officials need to focus on.
- University of Massachusetts Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Science is fast becoming the center where exercise science, health policy, disparity in health and oncology nursing care focused on. Along with its ability of coming up with new ideas and techniques in the field of nursing and its practical approach, the school is in partnership with at least 200 health care facilities and fitness companies where their students are allowed to apply their practical approach and also receive the necessary experience and additional practical knowledge they will need for the future especially in field of health research. The school is able to provide the right amount of knowledge and training to future nurses. It has also been successful in planting consciousness with regards to the positive results of exercise and proper fitness, familiarization of health policies of the state and contributing to the information dissemination about exercise to the people of the rural areas.
Website : https://www.umb.edu/academics/cnhs
Address : 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Ma 02125-3393
- Boston College
Preparing and training sympathetic, highly skilled nursing practitioners whose training and theoretical sessions are all aimed at providing humane type of nursing care for their patients is the main cause of the Boston College William F Cornell School of Nursing. Social justice is something that the school guides their students to practice in the light of their Catholic and Jesuit background. The school trains their students to be more meditative in their approach to nursing care applications. The nursing educators gladly share and teach all the information that the students need to make them better at caring for their patients as well as the proper handling of healthcare in a universal manner.
Nursing graduates from the schools’ Bachelor of Science degree is trained to become a general nurse helps care for patients in need of utmost attention as well as communities in rural areas and people from all walks of life via nursing care based on training. On the other hand, the masters’ program is aimed at preparing the student for a more advanced field of nursing with information and knowledge regarding the application of improving the health of people by educating, leading and training practices. The doctorate degree is aimed at training the student into theoretical research and school activities that trains them to solve health problems and to research on health policies.
- Northeastern University
The Northeastern University School of Nursing has proclaimed that the state is in dire need of highly trained and competent nurses. The Institute of Medicine has fairly said that nurses must have a more important role in caring for patients and families. Their presence must lauded for all its worth. The demand for nursing practitioners has never been this high.
With its’ legendary and deep history of nursing in the educational field, the school is well equipped to train their students and place them in facilities where they can provide top quality nursing care. They have courses that can be classified into two types, the regular and the post graduate.
They train and educate their students under the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to have the best practical approach in nursing care when they graduate and become employed in healthcare facilities. They are versed in giving care to patients in community scenarios or in hospital settings. The foundations of the training education they give out becomes so beneficial to each student as it serves as their motivational factor to give their best service to the people they will care for.
Their masters’ degree is designed to teach the students to gain added knowledge about all things nursing, to provide utmost nursing care to people living in underserved parts of the state and supporting families with all the important information regarding their new born child, act as counsel to families having trouble with parent-child relationship, and researching on new ideas regarding the nursing care for rural communities.
The doctorate program trains students to become leaders in health research, as nursing educators, with probable positions readily available in research, faculty, clinics and similar healthcare facilities.
The Doctor in Nursing Practice is course that the school started to offer in 2009. It is intended for those who want to specialize in leaderships in clinical, economic and organizational in which these students will be trained to come up with new programs that will significant changes in the field of nursing and thus will have a positive on health care in general.
Address: 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
- Regis College
The School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions of the Regis College has in its’ curriculum nursing courses for undergraduate and post graduate degrees. The School of Nursing is led by the Dean is also where the students and faculty and staff for nursing are all under. Together with the Dean himself, all of the nursing educators, staff, associate deans and all others involve in nursing make sure that the identity and individuality of each course is observed. In line with this, the faculty and administration also offer the full support of the administration. The faculty of the school also creates the opportunity to practice putting together a unique curriculum derived from other fields.
Address : 235 Wellesley Street, MA 02493
- Simmons College
Simmon’s College School of Nursing is located in the location of Longwood Medical and has intensive and extensive academic courses for nursing particularly in research. The school offers the Nursing@Simmons program which can reach even the most remote area of the state.
The school provides programs and courses in nursing that are acknowledged in any part of the country with specific focus on the school of nursing. Aside from the regular Bachelor’s Degree, the school has started offering a Doctoral course in nursing and other health related course
Website : http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools/school-of-nursing-and-health-sciences
Address : 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115