Michigan State Medical Society and American Nurses Association

The following is a joint public statement from Pino D. Colone, MD, president of the Michigan State Medical Society, and Julia Stocker Schneider, PhD, IA, CNL, president of the American Nurses Association – Michigan, in response to the growing shortage of nurses across the country.

“Given the nursing shortage that is currently impacting patient care in Michigan, the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) and the American Nurses Association – Michigan (ANA-Michigan) believe that attention and Thoughtful and deliberate steps are needed to ensure that there are enough nurses available to provide the specialized care that Michigan patients need.

The point is, the pandemic has taken a severe toll on the emotional and mental well-being of nurses statewide. These factors have led to an unprecedented rate of nurse burnout, increased risk of suicide, nurses quitting their jobs, and many choosing to retire earlier than expected or to quit. just give up health care. These shortages have resulted in significant delays in obtaining hospital beds for patients for elective procedures and chemotherapy, a bottleneck for patients in emergency departments and emergency care settings, and substantial cost issues for hospitals.

MSMS and ANA-Michigan stand ready to work with hospitals, healthcare systems, and our fellow healthcare professionals to find ways to address mental health issues and physical challenges facing Michigan’s nursing community. Working together to provide nurses with the support they need during this incredibly difficult time will go a long way in reducing the impact of the growing shortage of nurses in our state, ensuring that Michigan patients continue to receive the timely and quality care. that they deserve.