Yes, there really is a nursing shortage. Projections in 2014-2016 showed a dramatic decline in critical care nurses, compared to increasing need over the next 10- 20 years.
Today's estimates are rosier, at least for critical care in highly populated areas. Low income or rural districts could still run alarmingly short of nurses as years go by.
Long-term care is another story--even today, nursing homes and assisted living centers struggle vainly to remain fully staffed. Care quality is down, crime (by staff!) against residents is up, government funding continues to dwindle--and facilities have begun to close.
Many of us don't realize that most chronic illnesses which trigger the need for LTC can be traced back to lifelong dietary indiscretion--unhindered consumption of the "S.A.D." (Standard American Diet). Our highly processed, refined-carb and sugar-heavy, industrial seed oil-laced Western menu is now closely linked to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other dementias, heart and circulatory problems of all kinds, and many other debilitating conditions.
This is something we can change.
If we don't...will there be enough nurses to catch us when we fall?
And don't forget:
DAVID WHITESIDE IS NOT A DOCTOR and does not give medical advice or treatment. He offers information and personal experience only. Nothing you read on this website or blog should be construed as medical advice or as intended to supersede information you get from your medical professional. Following the advice given here or on any recommended resource site does not create a doctor-patient relationship or create liability for David or anyone else. David is not liable for any loss or complication you experience from following any diet or taking any action. You should check with your properly accredited medical professional if you think you are injured or ill.