ABC News- Nursing Shortage Gets Relief due to Economy

  1. the recent surge in nurse employment:
    causes and implications

    recession effects that have eased the shortage of
    hospital nurses must be viewed as temporary, lest
    they distract policymakers from continuing to address
    longer-term indicators

    by peter i. buerhaus, david i. auerbach, and douglas o. staiger

    abstract: registered nurse (rn) employment has increased during the current recession, and we may soon see an end to the decade-long nurse shortage. this would give hospitals welcome relief and an opportunity to strengthen the nurse workforce by addressing issues associated with an increasingly older and foreign-born workforce. the recent increase in employment is also improving projections of the future supply of rns, yet large shortages are still expected in the next decade. until nursing education capacity is increased, future imbalances in the nurse labor market will be unavoidable. [health affairs 28, no. 4 (2009): w657-w668 (published online 12 june 2009; 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4 .w657)]

    based on the above health affairs above, the abc news reported that the number of nurses returning to the work force equaled the number of nurses leaving. the projections of the dire nursing shortage have been revised and the projected "shortage" will be in 2025.

    addressing the nursing workforce: a
    critical element for health reform

    effectively deploying america's nurses could yield
    many dividends in a reformed health system.

    by john rother and risa lavizzo-mourey

    abstract: fundamental health reform is integral to putting the country on the path to economic recovery. these goals--health reform and economic recovery--will not be met unless we build, empower, and deploy a twenty-first-century health care workforce. a reformed health care system must include an adequate supply of well-trained professionals who can deliver care to all americans. nurses are at the center of this discussion. it is nurses--of every stripe--who will deliver, coordinate, and direct care in hospitals, clinics, and physicians' offices, and it is these same most necessary nurses who are in short supply. [health affairs 28, no. 4 (2009): w620-w624 (published online 12 june 2009; 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4 .w620)]
    also explores modes of expanding recruitment of new nurses include new models of nursing practice and increased access to nursing education.
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  3. by   VICEDRN
    totally knew it.
  4. by   rostata
    Well have to see to believe.
  5. by   Tweety
    It's happening here as well. Retention is higher, part-time nurses going full-time, nurses whom weren't working are coming back. Lots of applicants. We still have unfilled positions, but the acute shortage is easing up.