- Longer wait times for patients
- Increased difficulty getting appointments with doctors, particularly specialists
- Higher employee burnout, and correspondingly, more infections among hospital patients
- Decreased patient safety
- Less access to tests and badly needed medical equipment
- A myriad of other issues
For years, understaffing of nurses has been a particularly salient issue. Many claim chronic hospital understaffing directly impacts the amount of infections in hospitals, as well as leads to more deaths among patients. So how is this problem mitigated?
Often, funding and resources are at the core of this issue. Because the demand for professional and skilled healthcare workers, and corresponding labour costs, is increasing, the healthcare industry must find ways to balance efficiency, workloads, as well as the needs of patients.
While the issue of understaffed hospitals is not an easy one to resolve, employing a healthcare workforce management strategy can help you ensure that your healthcare staffing needs, level of patient care, and employee needs are all adequately balanced.