Strategies to Resolve the Shortage
A Systematic Assessment of Strategies to Address the Nursing Faculty Shortage, U.S.
In the November/December 2008 issue of Nursing Outlook, Dr. Janet Allan and Jillian Aldebron assess a variety of efforts underway nationwide to alleviate the nursing faculty shortage, a primary driver of the larger nursing shortage. In the article, the authors highlight the most promising strategies in four domains - advocacy, educational partnerships, academic innovation, and external funding – and identify exemplars that are substantial, sustainable, and replicable.
Staff Nurses and Their Solutions to the Nursing Shortage
According to a study published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research in October 2006, staff nurses were asked to identify possible solutions to the nursing shortage. Top suggestions included creating career ladders, enhancing communication with administration, and increasing educational opportunities for nurses.
Hospitals' Responses to Nurse Staffing Shortages
In a June 2006 study published in Health Affairs, researchers surveyed hospitals in 12 U.S. markets and found that the majority of respondents (97%) were making investments in nursing education as a long-term strategy to address the RN shortage. These investments include funding training programs and nurse orientations, partnering with schools of nursing, and providing financial support for nursing faculty. However, the authors state that "nursing school capacity remains an important barrier to future investments in nursing education" by hospitals, and they call on policymakers to make a larger financial commitment to expanding the nursing education system.
Faculty Shortages in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
AACN updated this white paper on nursing faculty shortages in June 2005. Authors of the report summarize the scope of the problem, discuss issues contributing to the shortage of faculty, and put forth strategies to expand the capacity of the current and future pool of nursing faculty.
President's High Growth Job Training Initiative
In June 2005, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded more than $12 million in grant-funding through this federal program, including $3 million to address the nurse faculty shortage. The latest round of funding brings the DOL's commitment to health care workforce through the High-Growth program to more than $43 million. Details on all grant-funded initiatives are available online.
Nursing Shortage and Academic Health Centers: Assessing Options for Remedy in a Complex System
Released by the Association of Academic Health Centers in September 2002, this report calls for academic health centers to develop new strategies to address the nursing shortage and provide the leadership needed to identify long-term solutions. Proposed solutions include strengthening nursing education programs; expanding resources to educate new faculty; focusing on nursing research; developing networks with non-university based nursing programs; and evaluating new models of nursing care.
In Our Hands: How Hospital Leaders Can Build a Thriving Workforce
The American Hospital Association's Commission on Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems released this report in April 2002 that contained specific recommendations to help hospitals address health care worker shortages now and in the future. The commission called this shortage a potential "major national health care crisis."