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New toolkit -- Addressing the nursing shortage


Monday, August 27, 2012

A quarter of a million more nurses will be needed by 2025 -- to care for the growing population, the increase in the insured population and the exploding number of people needing chronic care. At the same time, 45 percent of today’s nurses say they plan to make a career change in the next one to three years.

Several factors are thought to contribute to the projected nursing shortage. These include a decline in RN earnings relative to other career options, an aging nursing workforce, job dissatisfaction among nurses, and an aging, sicker population that will require more intense health care services.

Among the solutions proposed: Allowing nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training, or in other words, expanding nurses’ “scope of practice.”

A new toolkit from the Alliance for Health Reform will help you understand some of the reasons for the nursing shortage, some of the issues involved in expanding nurses’ scope of practice and how health reform is affecting nursing. Includes fast facts, brief background, links to useful resources, experts and websites. Compiled and written by Deanna Okrent of the Alliance and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To download, click here.

 

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