Global shortage of more than 30 million nurses

All international regions are suffering from disastrously low workforce numbers in various health areas, with understaffed facilities of millions of essential workers.

Figures published by medical journal The Lancet in May revealed a global shortage of 30.6 million nurses and midwives, with significant shortages in five major health professions.

Dentists, doctors, midwives, nurses and pharmacists were the areas most lacking, according to the report, with the problem prevalent in all regions of the world.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, with International Council of Nurses chief executive Howard Catton estimating the global shortage of nurses has doubled.

I said age the shortage of six million nurses in 2020 had risen to 12 to 13 million worldwide.

Australia’s previous reliance on importing health personnel from overseas was no longer sustainable as all regions struggled with personnel, he said.

Developed countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, were underprepared and had not put in place the appropriate measures to maintain the health workforce, Mr Catton said.

“There has been a chronic underinvestment in nursing education and in the health workforce,” he told the publication.

“The workforce planning arrangements have been dismal.”

National health groups have called for increased investment in education and training to bolster the health workforce, which they say needs to be addressed urgently.

Assistant Professor Kylie Ward, president of the Australian College of Nursing, said the organization is “strongly advocating” for postgraduate nursing degrees to get government funding.

The president of the Australian Association of Primary Health Care Nurses, Karen Booth, argued that local nurses should be trained to work in elderly care positions.

The association’s nursing student placement program could be expanded and coordinated nationally to support the staffing crisis in care of the elderly, Ms Booth said. age.

Australia suffered a colossal loss of 20,000 nurses last year amid reports of alleged intimidation, favoritism and neglect by managers and executives.

A nurse who quit her job was a woman named Sofia, who said one of the reasons she quit a job she loved was because she felt bullied by her boss.

“There’s a big culture of intimidation in nursing and against people who talk – the bosses will backfire. That’s why nobody says anything,” Sofia said.

Sofia – who is Muslim and wears a headscarf – was told by another senior nurse that the reason she was turned down for further training opportunities was because the boss was ‘racist’.

“That boss, you could tell who she liked and who she didn’t like. If you were one of those she didn’t like, your concerns wouldn’t be heard no matter what you said,” she said. at NCA NewsWire.

“There is a very bad culture in nursing. We had no one to talk to except for each other because our bosses are not accessible.

Former nurse Amy Halvorsen, who also left the profession last year, said the standards and quality of leadership within hospitals had slipped.

Ms Halvorsen said that in many cases managers have found themselves between a rock and a hard place during the pandemic.

Originally published as Global shortage of 30 million health workers