5 Problems Nurses Face Today

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Sep 28, 2017

This article was originally published on diversitynursing.com by Erica Bettencourt View the original article by clicking here.

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Nursing is a challenging job and issues arise that are out of your control. Some are direct results of communication and interactions amongst Nurses. Below are the 5 biggest problems Nurses face today.


This can bring professional and personal issues. When a 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 out on important life 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.


Nurses are often required to work more long hours. It can be due to the hospital being short-staffed or management cutting costs. Whichever the reason, Nurses, working longer than they're supposed to, is detrimental. It can affect the quality of care they deliver, and it can also put their health at risk.

When Nurses work extended hours, they aren't resting properly and aren't letting their bodies recover. for example, many Nurses who take extended shifts suffer from chronic back, leg and shoulder pain. Some of them even develop long-term medical conditions, like diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

By not being well-rested, you can suffer from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and impaired mental function. It can affect your ability to make proper decisions, which can compromise your patients’ safety.


The compensations Nurses receive depend on many factors. Aside from specialty, their place of work tends to affect the salary they get, as well. Having a higher degree counts as well. Salary is a common reason why Nurses leave a hospital.

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