Developing a comprehensive volume on the nursing care workforce shortage

The U.S. nursing care workforce is entering a period when its capacity will fall well below patients' requirements--a projected 20 percent by 2020. The underlying problems are fundamentally different than those that have characterized the recent history of nursing (cyclical shortages) and thus they are not amenable to the kinds of solutions (hiking salaries) that have worked in the past. The issues that are emerging call for new thinking, new understanding, and the forceful engagement of policy makers and the public at large. Under two grants to the Harvard School of Public Health, the Foundation has supported much of the research required to identify and explain these issues. The principal investigators have published their findings in nine referenced journals (e.g., JAMA, Health Affairs). This grant will help support their plan to elucidate the papers in a book length manuscript that will describe their research in a comprehensive way--highlight the most critical problems confronting America's nursing care workforce and pose policy choices for resolving them. The project will be considered a success if the volume increases public and professional understanding of the changing dynamics of nursing care as measured by greater policy salience and action regarding these issues.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $125,458.00

Awarded on: 3/27/2001

Time frame: 4/1/2001 - 7/31/2003

Grant Number: 40079


Vanderbilt University Medical Center

1211 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, 37232-0010


Peter Imlay Buerhaus
Project Director


Douglas O. Staiger
Project Director