The future of healthcare in Maryland
SALISBURY, md. — Hospitals like Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Salisbury may experience a nursing shortage in a few years but universities are working to address that problem so that the level of care patients receive doesn’t change.
“Maryland is predicted to be one of the four critical states by 2025 that will have a critical nursing shortage, ” says Jeffrey Willey, Salisbury University’s Director of the School of Nursing.
Local hospitals are taking note of the declining numbers of available nurses in Maryland.
They say it’s a trend – that won’t easily change – without a push.
“I think it’s going to be a little bit challenging, I think we’ve really got to in this state and in this nation- we’ve really got to support and promote nursing and all of the good that goes with becoming a nurse,” says Beth Barnes, Director of the People’s Department at PRMC.
Officials from PRMC have been working on creating new programs to help make the transition from nursing student to nurse as smooth possible.
“Nurturing, and this is one area that we’re really hoping that through this program that new nurses will feel more supported and they will really want to stay here,” continued Barnes.
Salisbury University officials say they are also taking action. Right now – they’re looking to start a program that would help increase the number of health care professionals in the state.
“We are beginning to start a new program which is our RN to BSN online program which will hopefully be starting next year in 21 and that’s for individuals that come from those community colleges and to elevate them to the level of a master’s program,” says Willey.
Officials want to stress that this nursing shortage is not an epidemic but they’re hopeful that by getting the word out now things could turn around.