2001 Report Says Nursing Shortage is Like No Other

Developing a plan to reduce the nursing shortage

In 2001, Health Workforce Solutions, a San Francisco-based human resources consulting firm, studied the dimensions and causes of the nation's nursing shortage.

Key Findings

In the report, Health Care's Human Crisis: The American Nursing Shortage, available on the RWJF website, the key findings included:

  • Today's nursing shortage is fundamentally different from past shortages.
  • Other fields facing worker shortages, such as business, education, the military and religious institutions, have devised strategies to attract talent, and nursing may benefit from their strategies.
  • The nursing shortage has aroused the intense interest of all sectors of the health care industry, not just the nursing profession, and various activities to address the issue are underway.