Professional Nurse Workforce Dilemmas : Understanding and Responding to a Dynamic and Complex Market

Source: Randall R. Bovbjerg, Barbara A. Ormond, Nancy M. Pindus, Urban Institute, July 2009

From the abstract:
Nurses are health care’s backbone, spending the most time with patients and adding value within institutional teams of caregivers and in providing ambulatory primary care. Short-term shortages wax and wane as employers seek to hire at accustomed prices. More seriously, the next decade may see more older nurses retiring than new ones entering the workforce, so education needs to be augmented and improved. But no precise estimation method can show how many nurses society “should” produce. Policy should focus more on nurses’ scopes of practice and aligning how they are treated and paid with the value they add to patient care.

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