5 Controversial Nursing Issues Nurses Face Today

No matter how big nurses’ roles are in the health care system, they still aren’t immune to problems. Some issues are brought about by the lack of universal legislation while others are direct results of how nurses interact with each other and with their patients. These things make nursing an even more challenging job to take.

To give you an idea of how demanding it is to be a nurse in today’s society, here are five of the biggest problems nurses are facing.


1. Short Staffing

Short staffing can bring not only professional issues but personal concerns, too. When your hospital is short-staffed, you’re left with no other option but to take on more shifts, cover for your co-nurses’ absences, and miss important family occasions. Your social life can suffer, too.

Short staffing is one of the most common reasons why nurses experience burnout. Nursing is already a stressful job and not having enough time to relax and care for yourself can make you feel more frustrated and unsatisfied with your job. In the end, you’ll be forced to leave your work and to take on another career path.

Burnout isn’t something to be taken lightly. It has both physical and psychological impact on nurses.