Nursing ShortageThe shortage of RNs in the U.S. could reach as high as 500,000 by 2025 according to a report released by Dr. Peter Buerhaus, Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and colleagues in March 2008.
A University of Pennsylvania study, noted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, found that an additional 30,000 nurses need to graduate each year to meet the current nursing needs of the nation. Another study by the American Hospital Association found that an additional 116,000 new nurses are needed now to fill the vacancies left by retiring nurses.
Nurse-Sensitive DataThe American Nurses Association began collecting data in 1997 to track the areas of greatest concern for nurses. Job satisfaction is directly related to the delivery of good patient care with positive outcomes.
Factors that affect good patient outcomes include reducing patient falls, bloodstream infections, hospital-acquired pneumonia and effective pain management.