U.S. nursing unions are warning that shortages of nurses are worsening, adding a fresh toll to the ongoing national crisis.
The National Nurses United (NNU) said it expects to see a 1.5 percent increase in nursing job openings for 2018, which is nearly double the 3 percent increase that occurred in 2017.
The NNU said the nursing shortage is also adding pressure on the nursing workforce.
“We’re seeing nurses training and experience shortages.
We’ve seen a 3 percent decline in nursing training and experienced shortages over the last year,” NNUs President Lee Ann Schulze said in a statement.”
Nurses are now being forced to work multiple hours in a day to get a day off.
Our country needs more nurses.”
Schulze and NNUC president Carol Brownback have long pushed for the federal government to provide additional training and support to states and counties to combat the shortage.
The federal government is currently providing $3.8 billion in training and incentives for states and localities to increase their nursing workforce, according to NNUS.
In its latest report, NNUK said that the shortage has led to more than 3,000 nursing jobs being lost, up from 1,800 in 2016.
The report also noted that the federal Department of Health and Human Services has been working to boost the number of nursing jobs in rural areas and low-income communities.
“The federal workforce is still at a critical juncture in terms of staffing, the workforce is at a high point, and the workforce needs the support and assistance of the state and local governments to continue to thrive,” Brownback said in the statement.
Schulz said that with the shortage, there are also increased pressure on local nursing homes.
Nurses and other nursing professionals have been trying to recruit nurses for more than a decade to fill nursing positions in the country’s biggest state, New York.
The shortage of nursing staff in New York has led some hospitals to cut hours for some nursing home patients.
“There is a lack of nurses and a lack, in particular, of nurse midwives, so we’re seeing a lot of nurses who are starting to get pulled out of nursing homes,” Schulz told CNN in an interview.
“It’s very difficult to get nurses back in nursing homes, and they’re starting to lose some of their nursing skills.
We have a shortage of nurses, and we’re going to see this situation continue.”
In recent months, the U.K. has also seen a surge in nursing vacancies, with 1,000 vacancies on the books for the year.
In the U, more than 8,000 nurses have been forced to retire in the past year, according the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which represents the nation’s 2,500 nursing facilities.
In response, nursing unions in New England have also urged the federal health and human services agency to provide nursing facilities more training.
The NMC said the shortage of skilled nursing staff has contributed to a rise in the number and type of health care worker shortages in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
“At this point in time, there’s not a lot that we can do to address the shortage in nursing,” said Joe Marzani, president of the New England Nurses Association.
“The federal health service has been slow to respond, and it’s time for them to step up.”
A shortage of qualified nurses is the biggest factor in the national nursing shortage, Marzane added.
“If you’re a state that is experiencing a shortage, you’re going see more nurses, you’ll see more training, you may see more nurse midwifes and you’ll also see more people in the workforce,” Marzania said.
“In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, it’s just the reverse.”