Some people complain we do too much research & too many studies but We have to have the research to support our claims. This one is going to pay off, too.
'Maldistribution' of Nurses is More Likely Than Actual Shortage, Report Says
A maldistribution of labor, rather than an actual shortage, is pinpointed as the likely culprit behind the nation's nurse staffing crisis by a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report* (PDF).
The report, which was released to Congress May 18, noted that available labor market indicators do not indicate "conclusively" that there is "an across-the-board shortage of RNs at the present time." The document further blames "poor personnel decisions" for any spot shortages of nurses that have occurred, rather than a simple lack of available nurse recruits.
However, the report also warns that facilities could face a shortage of nurses by 2010 if "ameliorative actions" are not undertaken.
Highlighting Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) data, the report notes that graduations from nursing education programs will increase between 1998 and 2020 by 13%, compared to 10% between 1976 and 1998. But the report also cautions that while the percentage of nursing education graduations will continue to "increase steadily," by 2020, "assuming no preemptive steps have been taken, the demand for RNs could exceed supply by 20%."
ANA has long supported many of the remedies the report suggests, including increasing wages, improving working conditions and lowering education costs.
Several of these remedies have been incorporated in the Nursing Employment and Education Development (NEED) Act (S 721) and the Nurse Reinvestment Act (S 706 and HR1436), which the ANA worked on closely with members of Congress.
ANA also is working with health care leaders in the Senate and the House on a bill to ban the use of mandatory overtime, along with other number of workforce and staffing initiatives.......... http://www.ana.org/gova/federal/legis/107/gcrs.htm