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The nursing shortage in Virginia: and actions to correct problems of nursing supply and demand, Virginia Partnership For Nursing:"Nurses play a key role in assuring quality, cost-effective health care. They work to diagnose and treat responses to health or illness. Nurses are employed in all sectors of health care and business and have considerable impact in promoting health. The health of the population is at risk when there is an inadequate supply of nurses or if they are inappropriately prepared to meet the present and future demands for health care. Women -- who make up about 95 percent of the nursing profession -- today have far more career options than did their mothers, many of whom became nurses because other jobs were inaccessible. The strong economy has lured bright young people into other professions."
Virginia Partnership For Nursing
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567
http://www.virginianurses.com/VPN/nursing_shortage.htm

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February 6, 2009: Virginia: Nationwide Nursing Shortage:"The number of jobless American's reached an all-time high in January. As more and more people around the nation are laid off, health care seems like the most "recession-proof" field in which to be. From doctors to nurses, medical care is essential. Registered nurses and nurse educators are in high demand as the U.S. population ages and current nurses are ready to retire."
http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/39232677.html

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April 18, 2005: Virginia: Nurse-midwives bring personal touch to births:"A half-mile away, the world's most modern war machines scream down the runway while Kristi Norcross practices a skill as old as life itself. "The first recorded midwives are in Genesis," she said while standing on the second floor of Langley Air Force Base Hospital, where she had a hand in delivering five babies on a recent Wednesday. Genesis 35:17 "And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her: Fear not; for now thou shalt have another son."
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/dp-84325sy0apr18,0,7477806.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

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Jan. 29, 2002: Virginia: Carilion accepting applications for nursing scholarships:"Nursing is a noble profession, combining medical expertise and compassion to serve patients. To help those interested in pursuing a nursing career, Carilion announces the continuation of the Thomas L. Robertson Honorary Nursing Scholarships. Robertson was with Carilion for 32 years, 15 of those as president/CEO, before retiring in 2001."
http://www.roanoke.com/health/carilion/8026.html

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Thursday January 23, 2003: Virginia: Break the Cycle, Hope for Healthcare program trains public housing residents to become CNAs:"It's widely known that Virginia is facing a nursing shortage, but how many people are actively trying to do something about it? Sure, it's easy for experts to point out a problem and offer possible solutions. It's a lot harder to take action. Two years ago, Deborah Johnston, a registered nurse and president of Care Advantage, a health care staffing agency, decided to take matters into her own hands. In August 2001, she entered into a partnership with the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Downtown YMCA to establish "Hope for HealthCare," a program designed to train public housing residents for careers as Certified Nurse Assistants, or CNAs, at nursing homes."
http://www.richmond.com/health/output.cfm?ID=2363714&vertical=Health

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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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