Forum Session

Nurse Workforce: Condition Critical
June 1, 2001


Wakina Scott


After months of headlines about nursing shortages, particularly in hospital settings, this Forum session focused on the impending nursing crisis and the forces making this shortage different from earlier ones. Reasons discussed for the possibly longer-lived nature of this shortage included an aging population, the influence of managed care on hospitals, decreasing nursing school enrollments, more opportunities for women, and poor working conditions. Participants also heard a hospital management perspective on the shortage as well as the effects of the undersupply in a rural setting. Speakers also explored various solutions to the problem.


Maryann Fralic, RN, DrPH, Professor and Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Raymond Grady, President and Chief Executive Officer, Evanston Hospital; Margaret Hegge, RN, EdD, Director, South Dakota Colleagues in Caring, South Dakota State University; Marla Salmon, RN, ScD, Dean and Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 763.

See also The U.S. Health Workforce: Definitions, Dollars, and Dilemmas (Background Paper, April 11, 2003).

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