Where Did All the Nurses Go?

Overworked Nurses Leads to Loss of Staff

According to several recent surveys, many nurses are feeling overworked. In the most current survey, nearly half of 600 surveyed nurses are thinking about leaving nursing as a career, just in the U.S. alone. This is mostly because they just can’t catch a break. More than 40% of nurses have stated that they feel worn out. 62% reported "the national nursing shortage has strongly impacted their workload." (http://www.healthcaredive.com/news/survey-nearly-half-of-nurses-might-leave-the-profession/437122/)

What will happen within the healthcare industry if nurses are spread so thin? Nurses’ burn-out rates will continue to increase if the problem is not fixed, and individuals studying to become nurses that hear about this substantial problem with under-staffing, may reconsider their career path.

Let’s say: you’re a nurse and you’re headed into work. When you get there, you are informed that three of your fellow staff have called in sick and you are now responsible for helping to cover their patients. But wait, that’s not all. On top of that, you’re expected to perform data entry on these patients and update their information appropriately into the hospital’s EMR. This could be anywhere from two minutes per document to one and a half hours per day of your time spent logging and searching for information. Sound stressful or annoying? It sure does!

How to Reduce Nurse's Workloads

Extract can significantly reduce nurse’s workload, almost instantly. More attention can be given to patients and less to the management of patient’s data. When those three staff members call in sick again – the nurses on the floor aren’t having to worry about wasting any valuable time.

The Extract platform provides the fastest, most accurate, automation of data extraction and classification of unstructured documents. It can help save your organization cost and time, as well as improve staff satisfaction and happiness. Nurses workload would be lighter in document management and data entry, and this could help to prevent the burn out rate and overall dissatisfaction in the industry.

If you’d like to learn more about what Extract System’s Platform can do for you, please contact us.

About the Author: Kari Siegenthaler

Kari Siegenthaler is a Marketing Specialist for the Marketing Department at Extract. Kari attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications and convergent media at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Wearing the “hat of all trades,” she has an unusual, hybrid ability to write narratives, creatively craft meaningful messages, and design graphically compelling images. Kari is passionate about effective communication and developing strategy plans that allow Extract to succeed and excel way beyond their goals.