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is the basis of nursing, as it reduces the risks of medical errors such as wrong diagnosis or poor
selection of treatment options.
Strategic Steps to Address the Issue
Like other regions in the United States, Connecticut is also fighting the issue of nurse
shortage which has affected various hospitals and healthcare facilities, including nursing homes.
As a result of population growth, the demand for nurses has increased over the year.
Unfortunately, in as much as many nurses graduate every year, the number still does not meet the
demand for nurses in hospitals in the region (Schott, 2018). The issue of nurse shortages is not
new to many states. For instance, in 2015, Connecticut State passed a bill that requires all
hospitals licensed by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to submit annual reports of their
staffing plans as a measure of ensuring that the region’s hospitals provide adequate and quality
healthcare services to the residents (Health Law Pulse, 2015).
The components of the nursing plan report include; the number of registered nurses and
other personnel providing direct care to patients, methods of determining and adjusting direct
patient care staffing levels, minimum professional skills mix for each care unit, and policies
concerning temporary and traveling nurses (Health Law Pulse, 2015). Some hospitals in the
region have also resorted to expanding their recruitment and development programs and offering
competitive salaries to attract individuals to the field (Schott, 2018). However, these measures
have not given a complete solution to the problem. Below is a discussion of how local and
federal strategies that can help end the problem of nurse shortage in Connecticut.
Local /State Government Strategies
Apart from the population growth, other factors that contribute to nursing shortages
include enrollment of few people in the nursing profession, unattractive wages, and poor