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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
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Telephone: (312) 787-6555.

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Health reform will bring need for more nurses in Oklahoma, December 2, 2010:"More Oklahomans could soon hear: “The nurse will see you now.” The prescription for hospitals and doctors' offices, which will get even busier as health care reform brings millions more people to their doorsteps, may be highly trained nurses with greater authority. Those nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and be full partners with doctors as health care reform collides with an aging population and a reduction in primary care doctors, according to the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation."

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors,"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."


The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782,


Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You're an RN, and you've been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You've got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782,


Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782,



February 7, 2009: Texas: Nursing shortage 'a crisis,' group says:"Lawmakers should invest $75 million in programs that educate nurses to help alleviate a critical shortage in Texas, a group of business and health-care professionals said Friday. "Texas has reached a crisis point, and it's only going to get worse," said Dan Stultz, president and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association."


NEW RN & Hate it already,"I need some advice. I am a new RN of only 4months. I work on a cardiac step down floor in a michigan hospital. I have always wanted to be a nurse, ever since I was in 2nd grade. I knew there was a staffing shortage and that it would be hardwork. However I never thought 4 months after achieving my dream and starting my career I would already hate it. SInce I have started my job 9 nurses, on my floor alone, have quit. We constantly work short staffed and nurses are always calling in. I should also mention I work midnights. I love being a nurse and I am very disappointed at the way i feel. I don't want to leave nursing or the health profession but I don't know what to do. Everyday I go to work I am nervous and constantly feel that my license is in jepordy."

Categories: Burnout, Nursing Burnout, Nursing Shortage


Thursday, February 16, 2006: Kentucky: Nursing shortage gets Rx from CU:"Many communities across the state - and across the nation - have experienced a shortage of qualified nurses in recent years. And while local hospital officials say they haven't faced the same problem, we may never have to face it now. Campbellsville University has taken steps to address the shortage of nurses before it becomes a crisis. CU is preparing to admit its first students to a two-year associate degree of nursing program that will begin in August."


Thursday, February 16, 2006: South Carolina: Good faculty costly to hire:"Two recent Island Packet stories dealt with the acute national, state and local nursing shortage and with the desire to add a bachelor's degree nursing program to the University of South Carolina Beaufort curriculum. In both stories, mention was made of the need for nursing faculty. That need is only going to increase. The median age for nursing faculty is climbing closer to retirement age (I know, since I retired six years ago). Advanced degree registered nurses are more apt to choose areas of clinical practice over teaching positions. Why? As stated in one of the stories, nurses with a master's degree or doctorate "can make upwards of $100,000 in clinical settings."


Mississippi: Nursing school crisis By Rachel Leifer:"Robin Strom said she would love to teach nursing one day - if it paid as well as working in a hospital. She plans to graduate in August with a nursing degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, opening the door for her to take a job that pays an average of $47,220 a year in Mississippi."


December 13, 2005: Africa: Kenya: 3,000 nurses have left Kenya since 1999, reveals study:"Kenya's health care system has lost thousands of nurses to foreign countries in the past five years. New data from the Nursing Council of Kenya, show that nearly 3,000 locally trained and certified nurses registered to work in foreign countries between 1999 and 2004. The numbers, the result of a three-year project between the Nursing Council, the Ministry of Health and American Emory University, indicate more and more nurses have been emigrating in recent years, the vast majority to the UK and US. Nursing experts say many of the leavers are the most experienced and best-trained."


Wednesday, September 21 2005: Stop exodus of nurses, doctors, WHO urges Philippines:"News affecting OFW's. The country will continue to lose its doctors and nurses to higher-paying jobs abroad unless a wide-ranging solution is drawn up soon, a top World Health Organization (WHO) official said Monday. In the next 15 years, the United States will be opening its doors to around one million nurses and this would attract local health professionals, Dr. Jean Marc Olive, WHO country representative in the Philippines, said. Canada and Europe, already a favorite destination for Filipino nurses, are also expected to need "hundreds of thousands" of nurses to fill vacancies in their respective health care systems, Olive said."


July 29, 2005: Experts on global nursing shortage provide recommendations to stem crisis:"International nurse migration experts convened on July 9, 2005 at the Rockefeller Foundation Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy to examine the causes and consequences of the global nurse shortage and to consider strategies to mitigate its negative impact on the health of people around the world. The recommendations and presentations from the expert meeting can be found at"


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