Addressing the Nursing Workforce

    • June 19, 2009

Nurses can play major roles in expanding access, improving patient quality and safety and reducing health care costs—all major goals of health reform. However, for nurses to be able to deliver, coordinate and direct care, we must build, empower and deploy a 21st century health care nursing workforce. One of our health care priorities should be to address the nurse and nurse faculty shortages. We must also promote policies that encourage more nurses to pursue advanced degrees to enable them to teach the next generation of nurses and to work in advanced practice clinical settings.