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Insight Report: Nursing Shortages Demand ’Disruptive’ Action


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Nurse leaders say the standard recruitment and retention methods of sign-on bonuses, pay increases, and retention incentives won't be effective in improving the current nursing shortage.

Nursing shortages are like bad pennies—they keep turning up.

Imbalances in RN supply and demand occurred in the 1980s, the late 1990s, and the early 2000s. Now hospitals and health systems across the country are starting to see the effects of another shortage.

During nursing workforce roundtable sessions at HealthLeaders Media's invitation-only 2016 CNO Exchange at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, CA, many of the more than two dozen nurse executives in attendance said they are dealing with a very real nursing shortage at their facilities and systems. But this shortage may be quite different than those past.

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