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April 19, 2005: Massachusetts: Nursing school enrollment dropping nationwide:"Despite efforts by the University of Massachusetts and the federal government, the shortage of nurses is worsening here and across the country and could be five times worse in 15 years. Undergraduate enrollment in nursing on this campus doubled this academic year compared to last year, according to Eileen Breslin, dean and professor of the UMass School of Nursing. Beginning this year, a class of nurses is graduating every December and May. "The fact of the matter is we are preparing more nurses now than in the history of our country at UMASS and across the United States," Breslin said."
http://www.dailycollegian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/19/42647dec27b4a

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February 17, 2005: Massachusetts: Local teen part of nursing shortage solution:"Carolyn Fisher of Westwood was recently selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing from Tuesday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 20, in Boston. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in the nursing profession, Fisher will join more than 200 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum on Nursing. "As the baby boomer generation ages, we are seeing large numbers of people retiring, which leaves fewer people to provide nursing care to more and more people who require it. The United States is currently facing a shortage of nurses in monumental proportions," said Donna Snyder, executive director of NYLF. "The National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing seeks to change that trend by introducing students like Carolyn Fisher to the many challenges and opportunities that await in the nursing profession."
http://www2.townonline.com/westwood/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=186972

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Tue 28-Dec-2004: Minority Recruitment Plan Could Ease Nursing Shortage:"With Massachusetts and much of the nation facing a growing shortage of registered nurses over the next 15 years, the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a three-year effort to recruit more minority and disadvantaged students to the field. Funded with a $957,755 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the "Embracing the Challenge" project is being led by associate professor Jean E. Swinney. According to Swinney, the project will connect students interested in nursing at middle schools and high schools to UMass Amherst and nursing programs at Greenfield, Holyoke and Springfield Technical community colleges."
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/509029/

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October 5, 2004: Massachusetts: The nursing shortage eases:"The nursing shortage in Massachusetts has eased -- with the vacancy rate dropping from 8.5 percent in January 2003 to 6.8 percent in January of this year, according to a study released last week by the state hospital association and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives. But hospital officials and nurses cautioned that the long crisis in the nursing profession is far from over."
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/health_science/articles/2004/10/05/the_nursing_shortage_eases/

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December 26, 2002: Massachusetts: MWCC initiates practical nursing program:"GARDNER -- Mount Wachusett Community College will celebrate the grand opening of its Practical Nursing Program at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, at the West River Health Center in Orange. The new program is part of an on-going effort at the college to address the current nursing shortage."
http://www.ayerpublicspirit.com/Stories/0,1413,110%257E5680%257E1074232,00.html

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December 11, 2002: Massachusetts: Experts: Conditions improving despite a rise in complaints:"It takes constant vigilance and skilled administrators to provide and improve quality service, especially during a nursing shortage, say experts in the field. Nursing homes have improved in recent years, and Massachusetts facilities fare better than those in most other states, they say. Still, residents file 19,000 complaints with Bay State regulatory agencies annually. That's up from 12,000 several years ago. The complaints range from minor to severe, from coffee not being heated up properly to the more serious allegations of physical or sexual abuse, said Mary McKenna, director of the state Department of Elder Affairs' long-term care ombudsman program, a federally-mandated effort to probe complaints."
http://www.lowellsun.com/Stories/0,1413,105%257E4746%257E1046236,00.html

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Monday, December 9, 2002: Massachusetts: Desperate solution to the country's health nightmare:"Any LPN working at HealthAlliance's Burbank or Leominster hospitals can now take courses at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner free of charge, courtesy of HealthAlliance. The program is a response to the national nursing shortage, said HealthAlliance director of human resources Robert Lagasse. Recent statistics show that there are 126,000 openings this year for registered nurse positions across the country."
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/Stories/0,1413,106%257E4994%257E1041855,00.html

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Wednesday, December 04, 2002: Massachusetts:"Nurses association pushes 'safe-staffing' law:"Registered nurses are asking the Legislature to set strict limits on the number of patients they are asked to care for at a time, in an effort to improve the quality of care in hospitals and to help recruit and retain nurses amid a critical statewide shortage. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents 18,000 of the state's registered nurses -- including nurses at HealthAlliance Hospital -- is lobbying for the so-called "safe staffing" legislation that would set specific nurse-to-patient ratios for all hospitals to follow."
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/Stories/0,1413,106%257E4994%257E1029176,00.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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