Our Nurses, Our Future
May 12 is International Nurses Day. The date is an important reminder to celebrate the immense contributions that nurses make to our society. Nurses are often referred to as the unsung heroes of the healthcare system, and that’s true for senior care settings as much as it is for hospitals. In elder care environments, nurses are responsible for creating and executing care plans, managing medication, monitoring patients with diseases, assisting with their daily needs, and more.
However, as a profession, nursing is in serious trouble. The United States is in the midst of a critical nursing shortage and, given the country’s growing aging population, this will likely spell trouble in the coming years. It’s estimated that by 2030, seven states will have a significant deficit of nurses.
At FSL, We’re Committed To Fighting the Nursing Shortage
There are a lot of factors contributing to the nursing shortage, but burnout is at the top of the list. The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with staff shortages and an already-stressful job, have pushed many nurses out of the field.
It’s up to healthcare organizations and employers to make systemic changes that will incentivize existing nurses to stay in the field, as well as attract new students. In particular, experts recommend more flexible working arrangements, supportive workplace accommodations, and improving access to nursing programs (for students) and higher education (for existing nurses).
Want to Get Involved? Come Work With FSL!
At FSL, we show our support for our nurses (and other employees!) through competitive base pay and benefits, development programs aimed at supporting personal and professional growth, a culture that prioritizes employee well-being, and more. And we’re hiring! If you’re ready to find your calling as a nurse in a compassionate, community-centered environment, check out our job listings for nurse positions today.
Established in 1974, FSL is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:
- Affordable housing options
- Nutritious meal programs
- Health & Wellness programs
- Senior centers
- Recreation programs
- Support for caregivers
These services are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. So, if you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us and find out how we can help you. And if you’re looking to give back, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!