The United States is in the midst of a serious major shortage of registered
nurses (RNs). This shortage will culminate in the largest deficit of hospital
nurses at a time when the demand for their services will be the greatest,
ie, after 2010. Nursing shortages have been a relatively common phenomenon
in the United States, occurring on a periodic basis—in the late 1950s,
early 1970s, late 1980s, and reemerging at the beginning of this decade. In
prior years the solution to the crisis was higher wages, better benefits (including
changes in scheduling), and overseas recruitment. However, this nursing shortage
is different and the emerging challenge will be much greater. This article
describes the quantitative dimensions of the emerging nursing shortage and
discusses policy solutions currently advanced for dealing with the problem.
This contribution is not intended to provide new data or analysis, but rather
is meant to draw new conclusions from the existing data and deepen the analysis.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 36
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.