McKinsey May 26, 2023
By Gretchen Berlin, Ani Bilazarian, Joyce Chang, and Stephanie Hammer

Redesigning care models through intentional delegation and potential tech enablement can free up nurses’ time.

US healthcare organizations continue to grapple with the impacts of the nursing shortage—scaling back of health services, increasing staff burnout and mental-health challenges, and rising labor costs. While several health systems have had some success in rebuilding their nursing workforces in recent months, estimates still suggest a potential shortage of 200,000 to 450,000 nurses in the United States, with acute-care settings likely to be most affected.1 Identifying opportunities to close this gap remains a priority in the healthcare industry. This article highlights research conducted by McKinsey in collaboration with the ANA Enterprise on how nurses are actually spending their time...

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