The American Nurses Association estimates that more than 500,000 nurses plan to retire by 2022. To supplement retirees and expansion, more than 1.1 million new RNs will be needed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects. Prior to the pandemic, Illinois was experiencing regional staffing shortages. Now that we are 20+ months into the pandemic, we are asking nurses to participate in a survey to find out what is happening around the state.
Nurse staffing levels are critical to optimizing the quality of patient care, improving care outcomes, and long-term cost containment. In the face of nurse staffing shortages, an aging population, and increased patient complexity, ANA, ANA-Illinois and our members are taking action.
We need to hear from you, the nurses working during this pandemic. ANA-Illinois wants to understand the impact COVID19 has had on you and staffing in your facilities. All data gathered will be used to inform decisions about how to best support nurses during and after this public health crisis.