In nursing homes, RNs
advocate for residents to ensure they receive appropriate services, have access to quality care, and their rights and preferences for treatment are known and respected.
With the exception of the study by Kovner and associates (2014), however, it is unclear if this apparent preference for BSN-prepared RNs
has markedly changed the labor market outlook for a RN who has completed an ADN.
While only occupational health showed a net decline in the number of RNs
, the subarea mix has changed significantly.
* The AD was the most commonly reported initial nursing education level of RNs
Recommendation: To improve the ability of VAMCs to determine RN staffing levels needed for inpatient units and to recruit and retain inpatient RNs
, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should direct the Under Secretary for Health to ensure that the new nurse staffing system provides RN staffing estimates that accurately account for both the actual inpatient acuity levels and current nursing tasks performed on inpatient units and adequately take into account the level of ancillary and nursing support that is available on VAMC inpatient units.
* In British Columbia, RNs
who have become certified in one of three areas (Remote Practice, RN First Call and Reproductive Health) independently diagnose and treat their clients using decision-support tools.
The workforce projection model requires information on the age of RNs
, their employment status, hours worked, and the age and size of the U.S.
Overall, 14 percent of Colorado RNs
have master's degrees in nursing and 16 percent reported their highest degree is a bachelor's in nursing.
As their financial margins continue to shrink in these cost-conscious times, they're laying off fully qualified and highly skilled RNs
. Getting these professionals to make the leap from acute care to long-term care may take some doing, but Joan Warden, President and Founder of the National Association of Directors of Nursing-Administration/Long Term Care (NADONA/LTC), has some words of advice, which she offered in this interview with Nursing Homes Editor Richard L.
DURING THE 2-YEAR PERIOD from 2006-2008, employment of registered nurses (RNs
) increased by nearly 250,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) RNs
(Buerhaus, Auerbach, & Staiger, 2009).
* Professionalize The Job: Becoming increasingly popular in hospitals, and more and more so in long-term care, is giving RNs
the responsibility for case management.
Among the Academy's largest class of inductees in its history are 13 RNs
from the DC/Maryland/Virginia region.
Although both of these regulatory initiatives will affect the nursing profession, no information exists about the views RNs
' themselves hold about either staffing or payment regulations on a national basis.
SINCE THE CURRENT SHORTAGE OF registered nurses (RNs
) began in the United States in 1998, the performance of the nurse labor market has attracted growing scrutiny by a wide range of industry and professional organizations, policymakers, researchers, and the media (Altman, Clancy, & Blendon, 2004; American Hospital Association [AHA], 2002; Antonazzo, Scott, Skatun, & Elliott, 2003; Buerhaus, Staiger, & Auerbach, 2000b; Institute of Medicine, 2004; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 2002).
THE UNITED STATES is facing a critical shortage of registered nurses (RNs
) that will undoubtedly severely and negatively affect the delivery of safe, quality health care at a time when nearly 70 million baby boomers are scheduled to retire.