To begin with, the specific problem concerns the nursing shortage in the US. Some of the critical terms should be defined, such as “Shortage” and “Registered Nurses (RNs).” Shortage in economics is close to the term “deficit”, but can be implied to illustrate the deficit of the workforce so that it is connected with people. On the other hand, registered nurses are those nurses who passed the examination and gained a special certificate that enables them to begin working in the nursing sphere of the USA.
Turning to the history of the problem, this is a relatively recent issue, because it was mainly caused by World War 2 consequences. To be more specific, after the World War, many couples made an agreement to provide a wedding after the war ends. As a result, there was a generation of “Baby boomers” created. This is a large group of people who are the same age, and these days they actively begin the retiring process so that there became more need to provide a service for such a number of people (Rosseter, 2017).
The symptoms are the deficit of the places in medical clinics and nursing colleges. There are some methods to take care of this issue, such as providing a massive “outsourcing” of medicines to the US so that after the next generation, which is significantly smaller in quantity, will start to retire, there will be no excess reserves of the medical workforce. The limitations are the budget deficit and the business cycle for financing such campaigns. The main criteria of the workable solution are the optimal ratio of people cared for by RNs and the overall number of people who need RNs’ care.
The proposed solution is: providing a global campaign of outsourcing the tasks of RNs to take care of baby boomers while they are in high demand of help, and when the number of aged people decreases, create a special database of RNs who can work during the high-demand season to provide a qualitative response to the social structure changes. This solution is feasible as it provides liquidity in the healthcare market, which is critical due to the deadly consequences in case of the extremely high demand on the service at a specific period of time. The solution meets the criteria of optimal ratio because it may be fulfilled to any possible number from 0 to 1.
Rosseter, R. (2017). Fact sheet: Nursing shortage. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Web.