the american nursing shortage
strategies and recommendations for action
this report describes the complex and enduring nature of the nursing shortage in the united states. it provides compelling evidence that this shortage is unlike any of those in the past and thus requires bold new solutions. it calls for a re-envisioning of the nursing profession itself, so that it can emerge from this crisis stronger and in equal partnership with the profession of medicine. anything less consigns nursing, and the public that depends upon its care, to perpetual cycles of shortage and oversupply.
the authors therefore recommend that a ]national forum to advance nursing be created. an independent body, the forum would draw together a wide range of stakeholders to address the nursing shortage and broader, related health and social issues. in an effort to build upon the vast number of activities that are already under way, and to acknowledge their critical value, the forum would focus on helping nursing achieve later evolutionary stages of the profession.
the philanthropic sector is uniquely situated to provide crucial leadership and resources to help create and fund this forum, but it cannot act alone. the forum's success would require the active, collaborative participation of all groups that share concern about the nursing shortage, including nurses and nursing profession leaders, educators, health care industry leaders, labor unions, government, the array of collective national organizations and consumers, among others.
the national forum to advance nursing would focus efforts in the following strategic areas:
*creating new nursing models; developing and piloting new ideas that address both the nursing shortage and broader health and social issues; advancing the study of nursing's contribution to health care outcomes and consumer satisfaction; and creating entirely new models of health care provision.
*reinventing nursing education and work environments to address the needs and values of, and appeal to, a new generation of nurses.
*establishing a national nursing workforce measurement and data collection system.
*creating a clearinghouse of effective strategies to advance cultural change within the nursing profession.
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