Tech and the Nursing Shortage – An Interview with Nancy Beale

A photo of Nancy Beale

Everyone has heard about the current nursing shortage the American health system is experiencing. There are some disheartening numbers for the future as well. Did you know that according to a 2021 McKinsey survey, twenty-two percent of direct-care nurses were considering leaving their positions within a year? There are also concerns that four million nurses will retire by 2030.

There are plenty of people who have chosen nursing as their future career. Unfortunately, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) said that 80,521 qualified applications were turned away in from nursing schools in 2020. The primary reason for this was because of a lack of clinical sites, inadequate teaching staff, and other resource constraints. At the same time, the AACN projects an additional 200,000 nurses will be needed by 2029.

We got the chance to sit down with Nancy Beale, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., B.C., Chief Nurse Executive, executive healthcare information technology (IT) leader, 2019 recipient of the HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, co-chair for the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, a participant in the NBRC, member of the IHE USA Board of Directors, and President of Telemetrix to ask her about tech solutions to the nursing crisis.

Click on this link to check out our interview with Nancy on the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Resources page: How Can Technology Help Address the Nursing Shortage.