A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that the nursing shortage in the United States that led to a decade-long push for more nursing graduates is temporarily over. The study, which was led by Douglas Staiger, an economist at Dartmouth College, highlighted the fact that between 2005 & 2010, the increase in the nursing workforce was the largest of any five-year period during the last 40 years. However, the authors also warn that even larger shortages than previously experienced are projected for 2020 and beyond.
Nicole Ostrow, of Bloomberg News, wrote in great detail about this topic, including interviews with Dr. Staiger and other respected scholars in the nursing workforce field.
Click here to read Ms. Ostrow's article.
Click here to read Dr. Staiger & colleagues' article in NEJM (subscription required).
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