Ashford General Hospital is a 263-bed regional hospital located in California, serving its community for more than 50 years. The hospital maintains the only 24-hour emergency department in the area and an "extended hours" urgent care clinic. Similar to other hospitals in the United States, Ashford General Hospital is encountering a nursing shortage. Sixty-eight percent of the nursing staff is over the age of 45, facing retirement. The retention rate on nurses is 61%, compared to 65% nationwide. Many of the nursing staff find the work too physically demanding and have a feeling of emotional burn-out as well. In the past two years, the hospital has used both per diem nurses and traveling nurses who sign short-term contracts to fill individual shifts and accommodate short-term staffing...
Excerpt from file: AshfordGeneralHospitalisa263bedregionalhospitallocatedinCalifornia,servingits communityformorethan50years.Thehospitalmaintainstheonly24houremergency departmentintheareaandan"extendedhours"urgentcareclinic.Similartootherhospitalsin
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