Downsizing The Hospital Nursing Workforce

  1. Downsizing The Hospital Nursing Workforce --from 1996!

    Linda H. Aiken , Julie Sochalski , Gerard F. Anderson

    Here we endeavor to reconcile nurses' perceptions that hospitals are reducing nurse taffing to unsafe levels with the dominant hospital management view that major re-structuring of the hospital workforce, including nursing, is warranted.

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    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 26, '02
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  3. by   Youda
    I enjoyed that. Thanks, Karen!
    So nice to see statistically that management-level positions increased by 50% while nursing positions declined because of "restructuring." But, hey! Don't worry about it. There's a richer mix of caregivers! LOL!
    Someone is insane, and I don't think it's me.
  4. by   renerian
    For some reason karen I cannot open the article...............RATS


    It is amazing that the article written in 1996 predicted this shortage. The authors were right on.

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. by   oramar
    50% increase in administrative in 1993. The same bunch that worked my butt to death and chased me out of the business.
  7. by   -jt
    <50% increase in administrative in 1993.>

    Yeah and a lot of them have RN after their name, so hospitals like mine can accurately claim to the public that they have more nurses in the hospital now than they ever did before. "we dont have a shortage of nurses here - in fact we have had an increase in nurses of xyz % in the last year". They just conveniently leave out the part that the only nurses they have increased are doing paperwork in administrative offices - not pt care at the bedside.