An online ANA survey that drew 15,000 respondents found about 72% reported insufficient staffing at their workplace and 53% said they may leave their position due to the staffing situation. More than 50% of the respondents reported a declining quality of care in the past year and almost half said they "would not feel confident" having a loved one receive treatment at their hospital or clinic.
Hospitals in Chicago and across the U.S. are cutting back on services, consolidating services among campuses and merging operations with other facilities to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Federal spending cuts tied to health care reform could make restoring services difficult even once the economy rebounds, some experts say.
Michigan, which has been hard hit by the recession and has a higher unemployment rate than the national average, is offering tuition grants to laid-off workers through the Michigan Nursing Corps. in an effort to reduce the state's RN shortage.