Statement for the
Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
on Authorizing Safety Net Public Health Programs:
Diana Baker, RN, BSN
for the American Nurses Association
August 1, 2001
".......In addition to enhanced nurse education programs, ANA urges this Subcommittee to take a deeper look into nurse workforce issues. It is important to realize that demographics are not the only cause for the emerging nursing shortage. Current staffing problems are inexorably tied to changes in nurse employment practices over the last decade............"
"...... this report shows that 43 percent of American nurses score higher than expected on measures of job burnout. It is a sad fact that staff nurses typically burn out and leave hospital bedside nursing after just four years of employment......"
".....This discontent is prompting an alarming number of our experienced RNs to abandon nursing. The 2000 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses shows that a large number of nurses (500,000 nurses - more than 18 percent of the total nurse workforce) who have active licenses are not working in nursing. Clearly, something in the practice setting is driving these nurses away from their chosen profession......"
"......Recent reports by the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Research Service, academia and private market research indicated that....................."
for full text of testimony see: http://www.ana.org/gova/federal/legi...2001/baker.htm