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Impact of NC Nursing Shortage on other Healthcare Professionals

Impact of NC Nursing Shortage on other Healthcare Professionals

Today, I want to talk about what is kind of the elephant in the room in the state of North Carolina, and that is a massive nursing shortage in this state and how that massive nursing shortage impacts other members of the healthcare profession. Obviously, it affects all citizens of North Carolina, especially those who need medical care and those who need medical care on a regular basis. Those are obviously people who are impacted significantly.
But speaking just to other healthcare professionals who are impacted by the shortage of nurses in this state, we obviously represent a lot of nurses. We represent physical therapists, doctors, physician assistants, and a number of other healthcare professionals who are licensed in North Carolina. During the course of the years that we’ve been representing licensed professionals in this great state, we have had candid conversations with a lot of healthcare professionals. Those conversations typically turn into, “Look, here’s what was going on. I didn’t have a nurse helping me out. We have a nursing shortage.” We hear that a lot. What the main issue is and how it impacts other healthcare professionals is nurses are an integral part of the healthcare field. When you rely on somebody in their profession who is a companion to your profession and vice versa, and there’s not enough people around to fill that void in that profession, then it is inevitably going to impact you and yours.
Let’s take physicians, for example, because physicians rely heavily on nurses, obviously. It’s like an attorney not having a paralegal around, but worse—absolutely a hundred percent worse. The reason being is a doctor has to focus on one or two particular things. They’ve got to focus on diagnosis; they’ve got to focus on treatment. Nurses have to focus on a wide variety of other things that help out the physician and, most importantly, help out the patient. When a nurse is not available to help out the patient, most importantly, obviously, they’re not able to help out the physician. This causes an issue for the physician a lot of times, or a physician assistant or even a physical therapist sometimes as well. Respiratory care therapists, same thing. They work with nurses a lot.
As a result of this nursing shortage, we are seeing more healthcare professionals who are having complaints filed against them, and it’s basically a time management situation. There’s not enough time to go around to do what you’re supposed to do in your profession when somebody else is not available because there’s not enough people in their profession to do it. I wanted to take the time out today to draw some attention to this particular situation. I feel that it’s dangerous for those in other healthcare professions. I also obviously feel that it’s very dangerous for the citizens of North Carolina to continue having their shortage like we’re having. I don’t know what the solution is. I really don’t. I wish I did. I don’t want to make blame at anybody in any way, shape, or form or point any fingers. I don’t think that’s fair to do, and frankly, I don’t feel that it’s appropriate for me or anybody else to really do that. I do feel like something needs to be done, and I feel like it is incumbent upon all the citizens of North Carolina to contact local representative officials and let them know that this is something that needs to be addressed and addressed quickly. So I really do want to appreciate your time for today, and thank you for taking the time to let me get on my soapbox a little bit.

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