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North Carolina Nursing Workforce Report: 2004
6/25/2004 by NCIOM
-Long-range forecasts of RN supply and demand in North Carolina predict a shortage of anywhere from 9,000 nurses in 2015 to almost 18,000 by 2020. Rather than wait until North Carolina is in the midst of a full-blown nursing crisis, the NCIOM, in partnership with NC Nurses Association, NC Center for Nursing, NC AHEC, the NC Board of Nursing, and the North Carolina Hospital Association, decided to act proactively to prevent a future nursing shortage. The Task Force tried to examine these issues for nurse aides, LPNs, RNs, APRNs, and other registered nurses with graduate degrees. Recommendations offered can help focus efforts of legislators, educators, employers, the nursing community, trade associations, foundations and the public to ensure an adequate supply of well-trained nursing personnel for the future.
Connecticut joins states banning mandatory overtime
5/25/2004 by from SEIU Nurse Alliance
-Contains information about CT's May 2004 mandatory overtime law, and information about laws in other states.
Condition of nursing and nursing education in Virginia
5/10/2004 by State Council for Higher Education in Virginia
-This report provides background information, including an overview of Virginia’s nursing education infrastructure and data from prior studies on the condition of nursing in the Commonwealth; examines RN supply and demand trends; and introduces broad recommendations for increasing the number of nurses educated in the Commonwealth. The report resulted from a legislative mandate (HB2818).
Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce
4/22/2004 by MONW
-In 1996, through the efforts of the Nursing Organization Liaison Committee (NOLC), a committee of the Mississippi Nurses Association (MNA), the MS Legislature passed the Nursing Workforce Redevelopment Act. The Act authorized the MS Board of Nursing (MBON) to establish an entity to address changes impacting the nursing workforce. Through combined funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the MS Legislature, the Office of Nursing Workforce (ONW) was established. Data available from the Office include hospital staffing and outlook for nursing.
Iowa Center for Health Workforce Planning
4/22/2004 by Iowa Bureau of Health Care Access
-The mission of the center is to assess and forecast health workforce supply and demand; address barriers to recruitment and retention; support strategies developed at the local level that prevent shortages; and engage in activities that promote and assure a viable, diverse health workforce in Iowa. The center’s initial emphasis on nursing and nursing assistive personnel has been expanded to other health workers in 2004.
Iowa Center for Workforce Planning
4/22/2004 by Iowa Bureau of Health Care Access
-The Center produces numerous reports about the health care workforce in Iowa. Funded by a HRSA grant, research conducted in the past two years has addressed nursing faculty, economic impact of health employment, and supply and demand for nurses.
State Nursing Boards across the U.S.
4/21/2004 by National Council of State Boards of Nursing
-The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides a list of contact information and direct web links for the 50 states, District of Columbia and U.S. territories. More information about the NCSBN and its work is available at www.ncsbn.org.
Tennessee Center for Nursing
4/19/2004 by Ann P. Duncan
-The Tennessee Center for Nursing, Inc. (TCN), established in 1996 as a coalition of healthcare stakeholders under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Colleagues in Caring project, was incorporated as a 501[c]3 in March 2000. In September 2001, the Tennessee Board of Nursing voted to enter into a contract with the TCN to serve as the research arm of the board of nursing. Reports of numerous studies, including "Projection of the Supply of and Demand for Nurses in Tennessee, 2000 Through 2020 and Analyses of Current Nurse Staffing in Tennessee" can be found at the TCN website.
Report of 2003 national study of longterm care workforce
4/1/2004 by Paraprofessional HealthCare Institute/NC Dept. of Health and Human Services
-The Paraprofessional HealthCare Institute and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released their report of a 2003 study of direct-care workforce in longterm care across the nation. The report includes coverage of budgetary cutbacks, workforce development programs, incentive programs, the use of federal health care programs to leverage resources and other activities of states to address workforce concerns in longterm care. More information about the National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce is available at their website: http://www.directcareclearinghouse.org
California nurses file lawsuit based on staffing ratio concerns
3/19/2004 by Jason B. Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
-Nurses of the Sutter Delta hospital system, represented by the California Nurses Association, have filed a lawsuit against the hospital system citing concerns about the use of Licensed Practical Nurses (LVN) to fill staffing ratios. This lawsuit is one of the first, in what is likely to be a string of court actions that will define the law and its implementation. California was the first state in the U.S. to pass a mandatory nurse staffing ratios law.
Addressing the Texas Nursing Shortage: A Legislative Approach to Bolstering the Nursing Education Pipeline
3/8/2004 by Green, A., Wieck, L., Willmann, J., Fowler, C., Douglas, W., & Jordan, C.
-Texas was the first state to address the nursing shortage from a legislative perspective. In 2001 and 2003, legislation was passed that addressed the nursing shortage from the pipeline perspective by boosting funding to Texas schools of nursing. These legislative initiatives were the result of strategic initiatives of collaborating stakeholders, including the Texas Nurses Association, the Texas Hospital Association, and the Greater Houston Partnership. Overall, funding was increased to Texas schools of nursing over a four year period. Methodologies to accomplish the goal of increasing enrollments in nursing education programs included: dramatic growth in funding, funding innovation, financial incentives for post graduate nursing students to enter teaching, and enhancement of existing financial aid programs. These efforts resulted in an increased enrollments and graduations from Texas schools of nursing. This article was published in Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice Vol. 5 No. 1, February 2004, 41-48.
Nebraska Center for Nursing
3/1/2004 by
-The Nebraska Center for Nursing was created by the Nebraska legislature in 2000 to develop and implement a strategic plan to reduce the nursing shortage in Nebraska. The sixteen-member Center for Nursing board is appointed by the Governor. The Nursing area in the Credentialing Division of the Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure provides administrative support for the Center.
Florida Center for Nursing
3/1/2004 by
-The Florida Legislature established the Florida Center for Nursing to address issues of supply and demand for nursing, including issues of recruitment, retention, and utilization of nurse workforce resources. The Legislature believes that the Center will repay the state's investment by providing an ongoing strategy for the allocation of the state's resources directed towards nursing.
California Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Effective January 1, 2004
1/5/2004 by California DHS
-Several pages of information related to the mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios which went into effect on January 1, 2004. Already, concern about finding sufficient numbers of staff to fill the positions required by the law, and some vague language in the regulations has resulted in legal action by some health care organizations.
California Nurses Association reports on first month of mandatory ratios
2/9/2004 by California Nurses Association press release
-The California Nurses Association surveyed 111 nursing ratio monitors across California to assess the impact of the first month of implementation of California's nursing ratio law. The organization plans to continue interviewing staff on a regular basis to track impact of the law.
Safe Staffing Bill Introduced in Senate
8/1/2003 by Chris Donnellan, AJN
-The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2003, S 991, was introduced by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) on May 5. This legislation, supported by ANA, would require nursing input on staff structuring, emphasizing institution-specific conditions that ensure safety.
Nurse staffing ratios legislation in 50 states (map)
8/8/2003 by American Nurses Association State Government Relations
-This map shows the current status of nurse staffing ratios across the states. For more information about this map, visit the ANA State Government Relations website at http://www.nursingworld.org/gova/state.htm.