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The shortage of nurses is an unquestioned occurrence, and with an increasing need for health care due to the aging baby boomer generation, this issue seems to be increasing in severity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the shortage of nurses is not new and has been ongoing in many countries for at least the past decade.
Accentuating the issue of the nursing shortage is the high rate of nursing turnover. The tendency of nurses to leave their jobs are often correlated to unsurmountable workload and stress. Such outcomes are a result of the nurse shortage and are direct causes of the phenomenon known as nurse burnout.