Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education

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The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education edited by Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN; New York: Springer Publishing, 2003, 200 pages, $39.95

This contemporary collection of recruitment and retention strategies is certain to be helpful for refining state-directed or institutionally grounded programs that address the current nursing shortage. Each of the 13 chapters provides an in-depth analysis of outcomes from successful program development and implementation in one of three fronts: policy making to combat the nursing shortage; the role of education in the development of accelerated programs to increase enrollment and collaborative worksite relationships; and the promotion of workplace retention through the improvement of job satisfaction.

Academicians, administrators, and policy makers, as well as students, will find this book useful. Its scope ranges from schools of nursing to rural settings and major medical centers, to pediatrics and the operating room. It encompasses a broad collection of references and discussions on controversial, yet guiding reports, such as Kimbal and O'Neil's 2002 report on the evolution of the nursing crisis in America and the staggering Buerhaus predictions that the United States will be short 450,000 nurses within eight years. Statistics provided from the American Hospital Association and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics paint an equally grim picture. …

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