I wrote a paper this semester about the whole workplace transformation issue. If you can find a copy of the Clinical Workforce Strategic Plan 2011 - 2016, March 16, 2011, Version 8.10, on Insite, it is an interesting read.
What I don't understand is that they are saying they will be losing so many baby boomers over the next few years, but they are making it nearly impossible for new grads to get jobs if they keep cutting positions - so who do they think is going to replace these boomers when the new grads end up leaving in order to find work?
Also, if they actually succeed in moving medsurg units to the new model, how is this going to affect training new nurses? I can't imagine that one RN, one LPN, and one clinical instructor are enough to supervise and teach 8 nursing students. It can be hard enough to find someone on a unit for a co-sign as it is now!