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New Studies Show Nursing Workforce Critical to Success of Health Reform
Date:6/12/2009

endell Primus, Health Counsel to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Erik Rasmussen, Minority Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health; David Sloane, Senior Vice President of AARP; Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer; and several top nursing experts.

"The crises facing nursing -- and the nation's health and health care systems -- are inextricably connected," said Susan B. Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Today we explored various approaches to ensuring we have enough well-prepared nurses in the future and that insights and innovations from the nursing profession are applied as we work to make our health care system better for all. Americans will not receive the health care they need unless we make an investment in a well-prepared nursing workforce."

Publication of the new studies in Health Affairs was supported by a grant from CCNA.

The papers released today include:

Education Policy Initiatives to Address the Nurse Shortage

Linda H. Aiken, Robyn B. Cheung and Danielle M. Olds

We have an historic opportunity to prevent the nursing shortage by acting now to expand nursing school enrollments at a time when applications are at an all-time high, but we must first address the nurse faculty shortage and financially-strapped colleges and universities. Increased public subsidies are needed to provide greater access to nursing education, with an emphasis on baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, where job growth is expected to be greatest.

The Recent Surge in Nurse Employment: Causes and Implications

Peter I. Buerhaus, David I. Auerbach and Douglas O. Staiger

The continuing recession will ease the current nursing shortage in many areas of the country, but the results will be temporary: the United S
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