As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary on Sept. 4 of the historic Nurse Training Act (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) aimed at educating, recruiting and retaining RNs, ANA is advocating a multi-pronged plan to ensure a sufficient number of nurses. Demand for health care services is growing largely due to aging Baby Boomers and health care reforms that increase access to care, transform the system to pay for quality, and increase the focus on prevention and primary care services.
"We're seeing mixed signals today in the nurse employment market. There have been layoffs by some hospitals at the same time that ‘registered nurse' ranks as the most advertised position nationwide," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "But it would be a big mistake to ignore the reality of an aging population coupled with a graying nursing workforce. It is essential that we take common sense actions to plan for and invest in the next generations of nurses. Demand for care is going to grow and nurses are going to retire in droves, so we have to prepare now to meet future needs."
ANA's recommendations include:
By a wide margin, "registered nurse" ranks first among all occupations requiring an associate or baccalaureate degree for entry in the projected number of annual job openings through 2022. ANA is focusing efforts this month as Title VIII turns 50 on ensuring that policy makers recognize the employment demands and actions needed to develop a sufficient workforce.
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ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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