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April 6, 2005: New study spotlights shortage of nurses in Tennessee:"The Tennessee Hospital Association and other health care officials today released a study highlighting a statewide nursing shortage. It was blamed primarily on a lack of faculty and classroom and training space at nursing schools."
http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3171527

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April 6, 2005: Tennessee: Nursing Shortage Caused by Lack of Professors:"A new report says the nursing shortage is getting worse. Hospitals and doctors offices are afraid that by the year 2020, 47 percent of nursing jobs will go unfilled. So what's the cause? As Volunteer TV's Jeff Williamson explains, it's not a lack of students."
http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3171330&nav=4QcHYJoL

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4/5/2005: Tennessee: Lack of Nursing School Training Space Leads to Shortage:"The country continues to face a critical nursing shortage even though more young people are applying to nursing school. The Tennessee Hospital Association announced Tuesday that hundreds of nursing school applicants who could ease the shortage are turned away from programs because of a lack of classroom training space. In Tennessee alone, 384 nursing instructors are needed to meet the nursing education needs."
http://www.newschannel5.com/content/news/10244.asp

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Tuesday, 01/28/03: Tennessee: $1.74M to aid MTSU nursing school:"Middle Tennessee State University will announce today that it has received $1.74 million from a Murfreesboro-based foundation to expand its nursing school and create more scholarships for nursing students. The gift from the Christy-Houston Foundation, which MTSU will try to match with other grants, comes as states are facing a severe nursing shortage. MTSU has been unable to educate as many nurses as it would like because of a lack of space in its 9-year-old building, officials said. ''This is an ambitious and a very aggressive strategic initiative in an area that we believe will address a critical need of the state,'' said Sidney McPhee, the university's president."
http://www.tennessean.com/education/archives/03/01/28159790.shtml?Element_ID=28159790

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Tue, Jan. 21, 2003: Tennessee: Nursing homes face staff shortage:"In recent years, federal healthcare officials have honed in on neglect and abuse in nursing homes across the nation. Studies have been completed that show a relationship between cases of elder neglect and understaffed nursing facilities. A federal study ordered by Congress earlier this year showed that approximately 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed. The U.S.Department of Health and Human Services completed the study, which estimates the cost of establishing proper staffing levels at nursing homes nationwide to be approximately $7.6 billion."
http://www.starhq.com/html/localnews/0103/012103Staffing.html

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08 Jan 2003: Tennessee: Importing Nurses: A Solution to Shortage at US Hospitals?:"There is a growing nursing shortage in the United States. The situation is especially serious in Tennessee, where it's predicted that by the year 2020, the state will employ 10,000 to 30,000 fewer registered nurses than it needs. One local entrepreneur wants to provide some short-term relief for this long-term problem."
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=D017EB47-FA3F-4522-8149262D76F474B6

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December 30, 2002: Tennessee: Vandy, Lipscomb in discussions on joint nursing degree:"Figures from the Tennessee Hospital Association indicate the shortage of nurses and other health care professionals shows no sign of easing. In 1998, about 5 percent of nursing positions in Tennessee hospitals were unfilled. That number grew to more than 8 percent in 1999 and 9 percent in 2000. By February of this year, it had moved past 10 percent. In addition to nurses, there are shortages of pharmacists, radiological technologists, respiratory therapists and other professionals."
http://nashville.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2002/12/30/story5.html

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Friday, 12/27/02: Tennessee:"Hospitals prescribe incentives to head off staff shortages:"While HCA wants to fill a wide range of jobs, including radiology technologists and other technical positions, Burkhart said 75% of the funding is directed toward training nurses. He said nursing scholarships range from $3,000 to $15,000 a year. ''And now that we've gotten the scholarship program off the ground, we've switched to how do we increase enrollments at the particular schools,'' he said. Because nursing, in particular, is an expensive field to teach, Burkhart said, HCA helps buy equipment and subsidize instructors ''to help increase capacity'' to turn out graduates."
http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/02/12/26961745.shtml?Element_ID=26961745

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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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