New report sets off alarm about nurse shortage and patient care in Nebraska

May 1, 2023

Nebraska is on pace to be short 5,435 nurses by 2025, according to a new study urging state investment in education, recruitment, and retention.

Burnout, an aging nursing population, and insufficient training funds are contributing to the struggle to fill positions and setting off an alarm about patient care, said the report by a trio of health care entities.

The three are the Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska Rural Health Association, and Nebraska Health Care Workforce Collaborative.

“Our hospitals in Nebraska face tremendous pressure when it comes to recruiting and retaining a stable and healthy workforce,” said NHA president Jeremy Nordquist. “This report highlights the significant gaps in nursing across the state, especially in the areas of behavioral health and critical care.” Read the full story | Download the report

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