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