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Innovative Remedies for Hospitals to Deal with Nurse Shortage


The United States is witnessing an acute shortage of nurses and these numbers are only expected to grow. As per statistical reports, the States of California and Texas will be facing a severe shortage of nursing staff. Meanwhile, the States of Ohio and Florida are likely to witness a major surplus of nursing staff by the year 2030. Here is a table to explain the situation.


Projected demand by 2030 Projected supply by 2030 Difference in numbers



387,900 343,400 44,500 Deficit
Massachusetts 89,300 91,300 2000



23,800 18,400 5,400 Deficit
New York 195,200 213,400 18,200


New Jersey

102,200 90,800 11,400 Deficit
Maryland 73,900 86,000 12,100



98,700 99,900 1,200 Deficit
Colorado 63,200 72,500 9,300


New Mexico

21,600 31,300 9,700 Surplus
Georgia 101,000 98,800 2,200



12,800 14,000 1,200 Deficit
Texas 269,300 253,400 15,900


New Hampshire

20,200 21,200 1,300 Deficit
Virginia 86,500 109,200 22,700



6,800 9,300 2,500 Deficit
Florida 240,000 293,700 53,700



132,800 181,900 49,100 Surplus
Montana 12,100 12,300 200



53,700 64,200 10,500 Surplus
North Carolina 118,600 135,100 16,500



49,700 52,000 2,300 Deficit
Indiana 75,300 89,300 14,000


North Dakota

9,200 9,700 700 Deficit
South Carolina 62,500 52,100 10,400



82,200 90,600 8,400 Surplus
Missouri 73,200 89,900 16,700



35,300 45,400 10,100 Surplus
Arkansas 32,300 42,100 9,800


South Dakota

13,600 11,700 1,900


7 Healthcare Staffing Solutions for Nursing Shortages

Explore these 7 effective healthcare staffing solutions to combat nursing shortages and ensure adequate patient care.

Offer nurse exchange and out of State on the job training programs

If affiliated healthcare institutions start offering out of state and on the job nurse training programs or even nurse exchange education programs, a significant amount of available nursing positions will be filled. Additionally, State funded teaching hospitals (especially those in States that are likely to experience severe deficit) can increase their intake of students wishing to train in the medical care field.

Improve the current work culture so fewer nurses quit

For a workplace to be considered healthy, community building must be at its heart. Hence, a healthcare organisation that puts the good of the larger community first, should do the same for its own people. This helps reinforce the belief that the work each person is doing is not just worthwhile, but also respected. It is imperative that healthcare institutions create a positive and healthy workplace by maintaining clear and consistent communication, demonstrating empathy, being transparent, and setting boundaries. Additionally, healthcare institutions that prioritize community will not tolerate hate speech, discrimination, or bias. They will promote a welcoming atmosphere regardless of differences and will have systems in place for diversity and inclusion training, as well as a safe reporting mechanism for instances of discrimination without fear of retaliation.

Address the shortage well in advance with educational programs

The above numbers have raised alarm bells across the United States and it is imperative to address the concerns at a grassroot level. Educational institutions in the United States can offer State funded scholarships and short term healthcare programs to train nurses for telehealth and travelling healthcare services. These initiatives are likely to encourage more students to enrol into nursing programs.

Training the trainer programs for ageing workforce

The current ageing workforce hold a plethora of work experience and can be trained to take up telehealth and travelling healthcare services. This will allow them to continue work at reasonable and flexible hours, even from remote locations. While this move will not help in reducing the nurse shortage, it will reduce the burden on nurses working full time and part time at healthcare institutions. By reducing the number of people visiting hospitals for non urgent medical care, hospitals can transfer the responsibilities of on-campus nurses to those working for telehealth and travelling health services.

Introduce strict non-tolerance against discrimination

It’s not just that nurses are quitting their jobs, the nursing profession has earned a nasty reputation of being extremely exhausting at a physical as well as a mental level. Moreover, a report published by the Johnson Wood foundation in May 2023 stated that the nurses interviewed reported witnessing racist behaviour and experiencing discrimination from almost 80% of their patients. Of these nurses, those belonging to the Hispanic, Asian and Black races reported more incidents of microaggression due to race in comparison to their White peers. Introducing a strict no discrimination policy at a healthcare institution as well as a State level will encourage more students to enrol into nurse training programs. It will also encourage nurses from other States to apply for jobs in States known for discriminating against race.

Streamline healthcare recruitment with AI-based solutions

On an average, recruiters can take up to 8 months to fill in a position in healthcare in the United States. This is because most healthcare recruiters as well as healthcare institutions are continuing to use traditional means and methods of recruitment. By introducing AI-based recruiting solutions like Arya, recruiters can cut down recruitment shortlisting by at least 50%. The advanced AI in Arya is revolutionizing the healthcare recruiting industry by using 300+ parameters and 7 multi-dimensional data points to score and rank talent for compatibility. Arya simultaneously helps source candidates from multiple channels in little under 5 minutes! Click here to request a demo today.

Introduce AI-based solutions to reduce the burden on nursing staff

It is common knowledge that nursing staff are constantly overworked. Artificial Intelligence based medical solutions can be used to reduce the burden on nursing staff. By using AI-based medical software, healthcare institutions can detect early signs of genetic conditions and terminal illnesses like cancer; they can also use AI and machine learning solutions for managing medical databases. AI can successfully conduct virtual health checks and act as a virtual health assistant. But that’s not all! AI can even be used in complicated surgical procedures as assistant surgical bots. By using AI-based medical solutions, healthcare institutions can reduce the burden on nurses and medical professionals by at least 20%. Such initiatives can significantly bring down the rate at which nurses are quitting their profession.

Final Remarks

If it does not take action immediately, the United States could have a medical crisis at its hands by 2030. A severe shortage of nurses will not only affect healthcare institutions it will also have a severe impact on the medical-based economy.


  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nurses-racism-discrimination-healthcare-survey/
  • https://www.registerednursing.org/articles/largest-nursing-shortages/

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