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WFLA Channel 8 Coverage on Tampa Bay Skilled Nursing Shortage

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“By 2025, experts anticipate the Tampa Bay area will face a severe shortage of skilled nurses with Bachelor’s degrees and if it’s not addressed soon, it could cripple the state’s health care system.

The shortage can be attributed to baby boomers, retiring nurses and the growing population.

Experts worry the Tampa Bay area could see more crowded emergency rooms, more medical errors, and increased mortality rates.  Nurses would be expected to work long hours under stressful conditions, which could result in fatigue, injury and job satisfaction, according to Schumacher Clinical Partners Providers, a company that helps hospitals and providers with patient care.

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition is working to address the problem by providing scholarships to recruit more skilled nurses. The organization has also teamed up with local colleges to kick start 4-year nursing programs to attract and retain skilled nurses. The schools include USF Sarasota-Manatee, Keiser University, State College of Florida and Florida Southwestern State College. …” Continue Reading: http://www.wfla.com/news/sarasota-county/tampa-bay-faces-skilled-nursing-shortage/1169914281