Eli Ginzberg, PhD
The nation has a shortage of nurses and we need a consensus on strategies to correct it. Vacancies are found in all settings that employ nurses, for all types of nursing. Acute care hospitals, in particular urban public hospitals, are the most severely strained, and their staffing levels are compromising their ability to provide safe, effective patient care. As the pool of new nursing students declines, hospital care will deteriorate unless long-term remedies can be found.
In February 1988, the American Medical Association (AMA) proposed a new type of patient care provider, the registered care technologist (RCT). This proposal has
Ginzberg E. What Physicians Should Know about the Nursing Shortage. Ann Intern Med. ;112:319–320. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-5-319
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(5):319-320.
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