Crisis in Health Care

Nationwide nursing shortage is impacting patient care and the future of the profession.

By Anna Suggs Hoffman
“I have a file at home and it’s labeled, ‘Why I do what I do.’ … I have hundreds of notes from my patients."
— Eyrone Bush, M.S.N., R.N.

The Root of the Shortage


Educated nurses to meet complex needs

Archer Family Health Care Archer Family Health Care patient Joy Kubotsuka, left, consults with D.N.P. student Noreen Haq, right, and clinic director Denise Schentrup, APRN, D.N.P. Anna Hoffman
“It is a hard job and it’s very stressful. In the heat of the moment, anybody can be critical or heated or stressed. We have to step back and remember we are in this together and we can’t do it alone. It does take a village.”
— Eyrone Bush, M.S.N., R.N.

The backbone of health care

Eyrone Bush UF Health oncology nurse Eyrone Bush, M.S.N., R.N., speaks with a physician on the unit. Anna Hoffman

The changing role of nurses

The future of nursing

student B.S.N. student Marianna Colon during an international study abroad trip to Grenada. Courtesy photo
Marianna Colon B.S.N. student Marianna Colon hopes to one day return to the classroom as a teacher for aspiring nurses.