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Nursing and Nursing Shortage

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Magnet Hospitals - Nursing Care Recognition

Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, to recognize heath care organizations that provide nursing excellence. As of October 2009 there were a few hundred US Magnet hospitals, four international: Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon

Nurse Fatigue (article by Scott, Rogers, et al)

Study of Critical Care nurses, published in the American Journal of Critical Care. 2006, led researchers to support the Institute of Medicine recommendations to minimize the use of 12-hour shifts and to limit nurses’ work hours to no more than 12 consecutive hours during a 24-hour period. Title: Effects of Critical Care Nurses' Work Hours on Vigilance and Patients' Safety

Nurse Retention (Retaining Experienced Nurses)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation white paper and Wisdom at Work report on the importance of the older and experienced nurse in the workplace, and strategies for retention. Projected shortage of 340,000 nurses by 2020. June 2008; 8 pp.

Nursing Shortage - Projection to 2022

American Nurses Association discusses the needs for nurses between 2012 and 2022. It also shows workforce size by age group (through 2008). published 2014 as RN Retirements--Tsunami Warning!

Nursing Shortage Fact Sheet - AACN

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) states that despite a significant growth in the number of RNs between 2014 and 2024, there will still be a shortage of more than 200,000. Most recent studies of nursing enrollment show that U.S. nursing schools turned away 64,067 qualified applicants due to faculty shortages, clinical sites, budget constraints and the like. Fact sheet updated 2017

RN National Survey 2008, Initial Findings (HRSA)

Initial report describes characteristics of the 3 million licensed RNs in US: RN age (average 47 years), ethnic distribution, employment setting, average salary of $66,973, average hours worked, educational background, advance practice nurses including nurse practitioner & CNS, foreign-educated nurses and more. Number of RNs with master's or doctorate degree increased 47% to 404,163. Survey response rate was 62% (33,549 responses). The preliminary findings of the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses 2008 were released in March 2010

Wages for occupations in health care (BLS)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows average salary / wages for hospital RNs ($72,210/yr), and other healthcare employees. Scroll to Table, and sort by Employment to see the largest categories. Average salary for Physicians and Dentists also listed. National employment data for 2016 updated March 2017

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Fatigue and Healthcare Workers

Summary of research on fatigue and link to the 2011 the Joint Commission's Sentinel Event Alert on fatigue. Overview outlines implications for hospital workforce policy. Prepared by Wisconsin Hospital Association

WI Healthcare Workforce Report 2015

Wisconsin Hospital Association 16-page report shows hospital vacancy rates in 2014 for therapists (PT, OT), CNAs (7.9%), LPNs (8.8%), Pharmacists, RNs (4.5%) Advanced Practice Nurses (9.7%) and others. Additional info about workforce age, and advanced practice providers - APNs, CRNAs, midwives, nurse practitioners, certified nurse specialists and physician assistants. Published December 2015

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