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The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States: Data, Trends, and Implications

by Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN
Douglas O. Staiger, PhD
David I. Auerbach, PhD

The Future of the Nursing Workforce, according to the authors, isn't just about future projections of a very large shortage of RNs, but also on the pressing need to act on the following knowledge: RNs significantly impact the quality and safety of patient care, assure access to care, and that it might be necessary to intervene to improve the performance of both the nurse labor and education markets.

Using plain language, the authors provide a timely, comprehensive, and integrated body of data supported by lively discussions of the forces shaping the nursing profession in the U.S. The book is divided into sections: an overview of healthcare, factors that influence the supply of RNs, trends in utilization, and shortages of hospital RNs and their impact on quality of care.

This is a must-read for nursing students, nurses in clinical practice, managers, healthcare policymakers, and leaders in national and state nursing associations. It's a fascinating account of how the interplay of forces-such as social movements, generational trends, and economic incentives are aligning to create a huge shortage of RNs of unprecedented size beginning in the next decade.

Jones and Bartlett Publishers
$59.95 (paperback)