What Providers Need to Know About Fighting the Nursing Shortage Through Tech


About 100,000 nurses left their jobs in the past two years, and another 610,388 are likely to leave the profession by 2027. This nursing shortage leaves those who are still working in the profession with insufficient capacity to handle patient needs, leading to high levels of burnout and emotional strain that end up driving even more nurses to leave the field. Hospitals are resorting to expensive temporary staff, but this solution isn’t sustainable.

While it is impossible to solve the nursing shortage crisis all at once, there are some key considerations hospitals should keep in mind as they adopt new technology aimed at improving nurse retention, according to a new report from Accenture. Some of the report’s key recommendations for providers were to build a strong, cloud-based technology infrastructure and to involve nurses early on in the process of adopting a new digital tool.