The nursing shortage is making it difficult to recruit replacement nurses for the staff wh0 plans on retiring within the next couple of years.
RENFREY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (RMH) CASE STUDY (ANSWER ATTACHED)
Renfrey Memorial Hospital (RMH) is a 200 bed regional hospitallocated in the Midwest. It has been in existence for 32 yearsand was named after a prominent philanthropist in the area, Mr.Gilbert H. Renfrey, who made many financial contributions toprojects in and around the community where Renfrey MemorialHospital is located. The hospital maintains the only 24 houremergency department in the area, as well as an “extended hours”urgent care clinic. The hospital is encountering a problemwith nursing staff retention. Sixty-eight percent of thenursing staff is over the age of 45, and facing retirement. The hospital commissioned a survey that revealed many of thenursing staff finds the work too physically demanding and many arefeeling physically exhausted and report emotional burn out aswell. Several of the survey respondents report they arestressed to the breaking point caring for aging parents in additionto working at Renfrey. In the past two years, the hospitalhas seen an exodus of nurses. The hospital has been forced touse temporary pool nurses from an agency. This has driven uppersonnel costs and also resulted in decreased rankings on patient satisfaction surveys. In addition, the nursing shortage is making it difficult to recruit replacement nurses for the staff wh oplans on retiring within the next couple of years. RenfreyMemorial Hospital faces significant staffing challenges ahead as itgrapples with these issues and the hospital board is veryconcerned. They know there must be some changes made in orderto prevent a major financial and human resources crisis in thefuture.