Resultsof a study released by the American Nurses' Association (ANA) indicate the shortage of nurses is continuing and is especially acute in nursing homes across the country. The 1989 survey found shortages of 18.9% in nursing homes, 12.9% in home health agencies, and 1 0.5% in health maintenance organizations. The most recent hospital study, conducted by the American Hospital Association in 1988, showed RN vacancy rates of 10.6%.
Funded in part by a grant from the Exxon Corporation, the ANA study contains facts about the nursing shortage, how some institutions have overcome shortage problems, and who is entering nursing and why. It also focuses on proven strategies for nurse recruitment and retention. The most successful programs center on professional development, increased participation in decision making, flexible scheduling, and enhanced roles of assistive personnel.
For more i nformation, contact American Nurses' Association, 2420 Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 741 08; 81 6-4745720.