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Education More Important Than Immigration to Solve Nursing Shortage, Research Shows
Date:7/1/2008

However, the contrast of this result with the 84.1% who would prefer to see an increased supply of American-educated nurses demonstrates that, in spite of the shortage, there is a clear preference for a 'home-grown' solution.

The nursing shortage has its roots in the mid 1990's. At this time, prior to baby-boomers burdening the healthcare system, and as insurance companies increased their influence on the delivery of healthcare, there was a move to cut nursing staff. As a result, many nursing schools narrowed their programs, with some closing altogether. Colin Lucas-Mudd, CEO of morefocus, commented, "It is gratifying to see the growing acceptance of the need to invest once again in order to address problems in the healthcare system. Had insurance companies and those others with a vested interest in the economics of healthcare taken a longer term view, we would likely not have the problems that we face today. It is to be hoped that those same institutions, together with schools, colleges and other educational establishments share the views expressed by healthcare consumers."

Mr. Lucas-Mudd continued, "The unexpected result on the question of increased taxation, with a clear majority prepared to pay more, has interesting ramifications for the upcoming US Presidential campaigns---even more so given the percentage of respondents that would also agree with relaxed immigration procedures. With the deep divisions between the Republican and Democratic platforms on immigration and taxation, it will be interesting to see how this plays out."

In terms of demographics, 54.1% of the respondents were in the 45 to 64 age range, with a secondary peak, 20.6%, between 25-34 years of age. Male respondents, at 43.6% of completions against 56.4% female, were unusually balanced.

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