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
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
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.
Survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)shows 39,423 qualified applicants were turned away (as of fall '09) from nursing programs due to shortages of faculty and clinical sites for training. Actual enrollment to U.S. nursing baccalaureate programs rose 3.5% in 2009. Reported Dec. 2009
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!
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing maintains a fact sheet and hub of resources about the nursing shortage. Updated 2014
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
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows average salary / wages for hospital RNs (nearly $64,000/yr), and other healthcare employees. Scroll to Table 5. National employment data for 2008 released February 2010
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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
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