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Despite Americans' High Regard, Nursing Shortage Still Looms
Date:5/14/2008

of registered nurses which included RNs' views of health policy issues and solutions and the upcoming elections.

Key findings from the three studies included the following:

• A downturn in the economy has driven many retired nurses back into the work force. However, increased demand by boomers and the aging nursing work force will make this only a brief reprieve.

• In the health policy survey of nurses, 30% felt Hillary Clinton would do the best job reforming the system; 14% chose Barack Obama, and 11% picked John McCain.

• In that same survey, RNs said the most important health care problem the government needs to tackle is access to care/lack of insurance (34%), with health care costs a close second (28%).

• The third survey of 1,600 Americans regarding their perceptions of the nursing profession showed 70% of the public view a nursing career as positive or very positive.

To ease the shortage, Buerhaus said a national strategy must be developed to recruit and retain nurses and attract men and other demographic groups to the profession. There also needs to be additional funding for nursing education programs, as a shortfall in faculty is contributing to the shortage.

The press conference was sponsored by Nursing Economic$ and Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek. Nursing Economic$ will be publishing additional articles about the research in upcoming issues. More information can be found on the Nursing Economic$ Web site, http://www.nursingeconomics.net.


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