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Dissipating the 'Perfect Storm' – Responses from Nursing and the Health Care Industry to Protect the Public’s Health

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Author(s): Bleich, M | Hewlett, P

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: nursing shortage | nurse staffing | strategic planning | workforce | work environment | nurse supply | nurse demand | patient safety | patient-centered care

ABSTRACT
This article summarizes the major national workforce reports and references the need for a tiered and comprehensive approach to avert the imminent nursing shortage crisis. Since 2002, commendable efforts have been made to increase supply, respond to current demand, and enhance the working environment to benefit recruitment and retention. Four areas are highlighted as exemplars of effort: supply and demand; work environment; new partnerships and public/private ventures; and patient-centered and essential patient-safe care.
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