Navigation Links
Council Calls on White House to Convene Conference on Physician and Nurse Supply
Date:3/26/2008

30% Increase in Physician and Nurse Training Needed, Experts Say

PHILADELPHIA, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, an independent group of healthcare leaders based at the University of Pennsylvania, has called on the White House to convene a special conference to address the national shortage of physicians and nurses.

"Access to healthcare services cannot be maintained, let alone expanded, unless we educate more nurses and physicians," notes Linda Aiken, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the Council. "The shortage of nurses and physicians is a serious matter that should be addressed at the highest levels."

Meeting at the University of Pennsylvania in late February, the Council determined that 30,000 additional nurses should be graduated annually to address projected shortages, a 30 percent increase over the current number of annual nurse graduates.

The Council noted that quality of care is higher at hospitals that have a relatively higher percentage of nurses who hold bachelor's of science (BSN) degrees in nursing. In addition, the BSN degree is a prerequisite for graduate study for advanced practice nurses and nurse faculty. More nurse faculty are needed to expand nurse supply, as over 30,000 qualified applicants to BSN programs were turned away in 2006, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, largely due to an insufficient number of faculty. The Council therefore recommended increased public financing at the BSN level, in order to increase the number of nurses who can proceed to graduate education and qualify to teach or to practice at an advanced level.

The Council also noted that the United States is in the throes of a deepening physician shortage, and will experience a shortfall of 100,000 to 200,000 physicians over the next 15 years. Closing this gap will require an expansion of both medical schools and graduate medical education (GME) positions at the nation's teaching hospitals. The Council also called for GME capacity to be increased by approximately 30 percent. The Council warned that lifting the current cap Congress has imposed on Medicare-based funding for GME, while necessary, will not be enough. Growth in GME, the Council determined, should be addressed within the context of a comprehensive reassessment of the respective funding roles of government and the private sector.

"We must rethink how this country educates nurses and doctors to ensure we have the health professionals we need," maintains Richard "Buz" Cooper, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the Council. "Our access to healthcare -- and our children's access -- depends on what we do today to solve this critical challenge."

About the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply

The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply is an independent, multi-disciplinary group dedicated to studying trends in the demand for physicians and nurses and to proposing ways to better align training capacity with the nation's needs. It is based at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Care Economics. Funding for the Council is provided by AMN Healthcare, the nation's largest healthcare staffing company, headquartered in San Diego, CA.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Council on Physician and Nurse Supply
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. National Pharmaceutical Council Announces New Strategic Focus, Search for New Leadership
2. National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Partners With Sherwin-Williams to Target Lead Risks in Neglected Housing
3. National Council on Disability Urges Congress to Support Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration
4. Thomson Scientific Signs Multi-Year Agreement with The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
5. SMART Association Becomes Healthcare Council Member of Smart Card Alliance
6. British Council and Los Angeles Area Universities Partner to Host Transatlantic Dialogues
7. Lynn Clark Callister, National Leader in Maternal-Child Health Nursing, Joins March of Dimes Advisory Council
8. AIDS Action Council Commends Senator Edwards for Endorsing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy
9. National Quality Forum Announces New Member Councils Leadership
10. Blue Cross of California and the California Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Launch Live Like a Champion Tour
11. AIDS Action Council Praises Release of Latest State of AIDS in Black America Report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... ... will host its 2017 Process Validation and Process Validation Statistics Conferences in ... to process validation lifecycle challenges faced by process validation professionals and statisticians ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... “We are thrilled to be partnering with ... to schedule an appointment online in real time,” said Keith English, LocalMed CEO. “Allowing ... directory will bring more Six Month Smiles patients to their providers.” , Each month, ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... The Amnesty Rally 2017 will ... Johnson Park at 3313 Bernstein Park Drive in Monroe (adjacent to the Louisiana Purchase ... to help reduce gun violence throughout Monroe. Citizens can turn in unregistered, illegally-held and ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... , ... “Now Hiring!” is a popular phrase at Home Delivery Incontinent ... sales for over 30 consecutive years and now plans to hire more than 100 ... excitement and growth at HDIS, following the company’s acquisition by Fortune 1000 company Domtar. ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... ... finance management services to communities across North Carolina, is launching a charity event ... raise community support for the ongoing fight against bladder cancer. , The Bladder ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/21/2017)... and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ... (NASDAQ: UTHR ) announced today that it ... the market opens on Thursday, July 27, 2017. ... a teleconference on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 9:00 ... 1-877-351-5881, with international callers dialing 1-970-315-0533.  A rebroadcast of ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ST. PAUL, Minn. , July 20, 2017  Prime ... Officer, Jonathan Gavras , M.D., following today,s Institute for ... its report on the effectiveness and value of ... benefit manager on the policy roundtable at the meeting. ... there is not a material cost benefit to the use ...
(Date:7/15/2017)... -- Enterin Inc., a Philadelphia -based biotechnology ... announced the completion of a $12.7 million Series A financing ... well as the participation of existing investors. ... support of New Ventures III and our current investors, and ... potential of our platform technology to transform the course of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: