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Nursing shortage

Address one of the following two issues from either a staffing or motivation perspective:

The nursing shortage.
Diversity within the health care workforce.

It should address actionable tactics health care administrators can take to address this key health care staffing/motivational issue. Use a bullet format to list your various tactics (rather than a narrative paragraph form).

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The nursing shortage


The United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing colleges and universities across the country are struggling to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand for nursing care.

Contributing problems impacting the nursing shortage include:

? Enrollment in schools of nursing is not growing fast enough to meet the projected demand for nurses over the next ten years.
? A shortage of nursing school faculty is restricting nursing program enrollments.
? With fewer new nurses entering the profession, the average age of the RN is climbing.
? The total population of registered nurses is growing at a slow rate.
? Changing demographics signal a need for more nurses to care for our aging population.
? Insufficient staffing is raising the stress level of nurses, impacting job satisfaction, and driving many nurses to leave the profession.
? High nurse turnover and vacancy rates are affecting access to health care (

Strategies To Retain and Recruit Nurses

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is concerned about the shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) and is working with schools, policy makers, kindred organizations, and the media to bring attention to this health care crisis. AACN is working to enact legislation, identify strategies, and form collaborations to address the nursing shortage. (

Thus, the following recommended strategies are made to address a number of associated concerns in dealing with the nursing shortage:


? Develop career progression initiatives to:
o Move nursing graduates through graduate studies more rapidly;
o Identify the range of options available beyond the entry-level role such as faculty, researcher and administrator.

? Institute an education and practice system to promote more equitable compensation in the health care community based on a better understanding of the educational preparation required for different health care roles.
? Support health care employers to create and sustain staff development programs and lifelong learning for continued competence.
? Reach out to youth (ages 12 to 18) through counselors, youth organizations, schools and other outlets to promote recruitment of a younger, more diverse population of ...

Solution Summary

Relating to the nursing shortage, this solution addresses actionable tactics health care administrators can take to address this key health care staffing/motivational issue.