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Mar. 6, 2005: Nurses in high demand in Arizona:"Arizona ranks at the bottom of the 50 states for nurse-to-population ratio. The shortage of skilled nurses is particularly acute in forensic nursing and home health, experts say. According to Kathy Player, dean of the Ken Blanchard School of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, the average age of a nurse today is 48, and fewer than 9 percent of all RNs are younger than 30. Education requirements for nurses vary. While a registered nurse can obtain a degree in two years, bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing also are offered at Grand Canyon and other universities in Arizona."
http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/0306jobsmain06.html

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Monday, January 03, 2005: Arizona: Nursing grads face burnout as business shifts by Beth Cochran:"Twenty-five years ago, Donald Daien graduated summa cum laude from ASU's nursing college. With diploma in hand, the idealistic student ventured into the world to comfort sick people. "People are most important to me so I decided to do something to help others...and chose nursing because it afforded the most direct and continuous patient contact," Daien said. "I felt that I could really make a difference as a nurse." At first things went well. Daien worked at Arizona State Hospital, Phoenix Camelback Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital, among others."
http://www.statepress.com/issues/2005/01/03/news/690721

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2/03/03: Arizona: Nurses Rally At Arizona State Building, Demanding Better Nurse-Patient Ratios:"It's a continued crisis in health care: a nursing shortage in Tucson hospitals and medical facilities all around the nation. And Monday, the Southern Arizona Nurses Coalition held a rally to press for legislation that will allow hospitals to hire more nurses. Health care officials around town acknowledge that there is a nursing shortage. So they're encouraging more college-age students to consider choosing the nursing profession. Meanwhile, nurses like the ones rallying Monday say hospitals should also hire more nurses to cut down on overwork and burnout. Dozens of nurses are calling for legislation requiring minimum nurse-patient ratios in hospitals."
http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=1112563

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01/15/03: Arizona: Carondelet And U of A Sponsor Accelerated Nursing Program:"The average age of a nurse is approximately 46 years of age," says Diana McBroom of Carondelet Health Network. "And, we do not have enough nurses coming into the profession." That's why Carondelet Health Services and the University of Arizona are tapping into the adult workforce and turning 48 of the most qualified candidates into the caregivers of tomorrow. Says McBroom, "We've had people who are teachers, social workers, information systems professionals." And, the list goes on. All you need is a four-year degree, some brush up work in courses like Anatomy and Chemistry and you could become one of the most sought after professionals in healthcare today."
http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=1086132

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November 22, 2002: Arizona: High school-hospital connection helps students stay in school:"When she was a freshman at Maryvale High School, Griselda Herrera was failing. "I would never come to school, and I was cutting all my classes," said the 17-year-old junior. Some of her friends told her about an after-school nursing program where they were having fun as volunteers at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix."
http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2002/11/25/story4.html

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October 18, 2002: Arizona: Iasis to get $20M infusion:"The hospital system has changed ownership four times over the past several years, a scenario that sent many nurses to other hospitals in search of stability. As a result, Iasis hospitals in the Valley are experiencing a nursing shortage. Additionally, Iasis hospitals aren't taking in enough patients."
http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2002/10/21/story2.html

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
676 N. St. Clair Street Suite 550 Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1

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Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=253&w

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Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=255&wn=1

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