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   Nursing Shortage & Scope

  • There are 126,000 nursing positions currently unfilled in hospitals across the country. -American Hospital Association

  • Fifty-six percent of hospitals report they are using agency or traveling nurses - at great expense - to fill vacancies. -American Hospital Association

  • On average, nurses work an extra eight-and-a-half weeks of overtime per year. -Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

  • It is estimated that by 2020, there will be at least 400,000 fewer nurses available to provide care than will be needed. -Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Ninety percent of long term care organizations lack sufficient nurse staffing to provide even the most basic of care. -Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • There are roughly 21,000 fewer nursing students today than in 1995. -American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • One study found that in 1999, five percent of female college freshman and less than .05 percent of men identified nursing as being among their top career choices. -Nursing Economics

  • Nursing schools turned away 5,000 qualified baccalaureate program applicants in 2001 because of faculty shortages. -Modern Healthcare

  • In Georgia alone, a quarter of the state's nursing school faculty will retire or resign over the next four years. -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • The average age of a working registered nurse, 43.3-years-old, is increasing at a rate of more than twice that of all other workforces in this country -Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Organizations that are better able to retain their nurses fare better on quality measures. Low turnover hospitals - at rates under 12 percent - had low risk-adjusted mortality scores as well as the low severity-adjusted lengths-of-stay compared to hospitals with turnover rates that exceeded 22 percent. -Keith C. Kosel, Tom Olivo, "The Business Case for Workforce Stability"

  • Staffing levels have been factor in 24 percent of the 1,609 sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission over the past five years. -Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

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