Shortage of Registered Nurses in Healthcare
V & VN, the largest professional association for nurses in the Netherlands, sounds the alarm about the shortage of highly educated nurses. A report from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows that the number of registered nurses in Florida has dropped. From 267 thousand in 2013 to 180 thousand nurses at the end of 2014.
This decrease can mainly be explained by the fact that many nurses have been removed from the BIG register. For example because they are no longer working in the healthcare sector, have gained a leading position or have had too little patient contact.
The number of registered nurses has therefore fallen considerably. At the end of 2014, it was 87 thousand fewer than in 2013. The decrease is a consequence of the compulsory re-registration, with requirements for recent work experience, direct contact with patients, and further training. Although nurses who did not work or worked elsewhere had lost their registration, the number of registered nurses working in the care sector also declined. That is what CBS makes known.
At the end of 2014 there were 180 thousand nurses registered in the BIG register in the Netherlands, a third less than the 267 thousand in 2013. Nurses had to register again so that they could continue to practice their profession. The re-registration mainly affected the number of registered inactive nurses: their number decreased from 47 thousand in 2013 to 6 thousand in 2014. In 2014 there were also registered fewer than 12 thousand nurses working elsewhere than in 2013 (31 thousand) .
Registration in the BIG register is necessary to be able to work as a nurse. V & VN thinks it is positive that only nurses who meet these requirements actually work in the healthcare sector. This does not alter the fact that in a number of sectors we see a worrying shortage of nurses, for example in district nursing and certain departments in hospitals. That is why it is important that sufficient nurses are trained to make healthcare future-proof.
V & V quality register
Where the BIG register only looks at the number of hours worked, the V & VN professional association mainly focuses on quality. V & VN encourages nurses and carers to show through the Quality Register Nurses & Carers that they are experts and take their profession so seriously that they want to keep accreditation points.
The Quality Register V & V is an initiative of the professional groups themselves, the training courses are accredited by an independent accreditation committee. This pursuit of improving the transparency of quality is in line with Minister Schippers' intention to oblige nurses to keep their expertise up-to-date as a condition for re-registration in the BIG register in 2018.