CHARLES H. WHITE, PH.D
To the editor: The paper by Aiken and associates (1) recommended increased salaries as the single solution to the nursing shortage, and we disagreed with that view (2).
Results of the California Hospital Association's fifth annual survey of employment of registered nurses in California hospitals reversed previous indicators of worsening shortage. More nurses worked fulltime in 1981 than in 4 previous years. The hiring of nurses increased, vacancy rates declined, and turnover rates were at their lowest point since 1977. The number of hospitals reporting difficulty recruiting nurses declined from 85% to 67%. Use of nursing registries or temporary personnel
WHITE CH. Nurses Back to Work. Ann Intern Med. ;97:782. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-782_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):782.
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