Nursing is a career that plays an important role in society. Nurses do their best every day and every night to provide quality, safe care. Throughout their shift, nurses constantly check on their work and the work of others to ensure patient safety.
So, it should come as no surprise that hospitals rely heavily on their nursing staff. Below are three ways in which nurses are indispensible and truly the backbone of hospitals.
Largest Number of Hospital Employees
Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff, are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the care prescribed by physicians. If hospitals were football teams, nurses would be the whole offense and defense. The special teams would be the rest of the staff plus a couple nurses. Not only are nurses vital to the patient care, they are also members of the administration and management team. The Chief Nursing Officer is generally the second in command in a hospital. Nurses evaluate the care given and through research and best practice models improve patient care. The Quality Assurance officer is generally a nurse.
Care for Growing Number of Patients
We are living healthier and longer, but we need care from nurses to keep us that way. Baby Boomers are turning at the rate of about 10,000 per day; By 2030, people 65 and older will make up almost 20% of the population. That means more senior patients will need more nurses. Combine that with an increase in nurses 65 and older who are retiring and the need for nurses climbs even higher.
Improving Hospital Quality
Nurses play an important role when it comes to improving hospital quality in general. Nurses are directly involved in almost all aspects of hospital quality, including patient care, bedside and medication management, assistance with surgeries and other major operations, data collection/reporting, and more. Furthermore, nurses are directly responsible for monitoring and assessing patients, and performing immediate interventions to reduce risk or prevent medical complications. Nurses also oversee other care providers, patient care technicians, caregivers, and more. A nurse even helps educate patients and family members regarding post hospital care, before discharge.
Nurses are not just important to hospitals, they are important to the country. Registered Nurses comprise one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce as a whole. And around 58% of RNs worked in hospitals.
Nursing, unlike many fields, is growing and the schools cannot keep up with demand. Are you ready to join the ranks of our nation’s nurses? If so, Athena Career Academy can help. Contact us today to see which of our nursing programs is right for you.