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nursing workforce strategic planning


Nursing Workforce

This division focuses on advising healthcare organizations in managing the nursing shortage within their service area, region and state, as well as contribute to the global effort to assure an adequate supply of qualified nurses to meet the health needs of US residents. THC can assist your organization with planning for enhanced nursing education opportunities, as well as focusing on retiring and aging nurses.

Quality nurses providing patient care requires a well educated nursing workforce. Research has shown that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. 50.0% of the RN workforce holds a baccalaureate or graduate degree. In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report on The Future of Nursing*, initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which called for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and doubling the population of nurses with doctorates.

In a study released in the May 2008 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration**, Dr. Linda Aiken and her colleagues confirmed the findings from their landmark 2003 study (see below) which show a strong link between RN education level and patient outcomes. The noted nurse researchers found that every 10% increase in the proportion of BSN nurses on the hospital staff was associated with a 4% decrease in the risk of death.

*Aiken, L.H., Clarke, S.P., Sloane, D.M., Lake, E.T. & Cheney, T. (2008, May). Effects of hospital care environment on patient mortality and nurse outcomes.

**Journal of Nursing Administration, 38(5), 223-229.
Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.


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