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ERIC Number: ED042994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Pages: 72
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Professional Nursing in State Service: Needs and Recommendations. A Skills Inventory of Registered Nurses Employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Woods, Barbara
This study analyzed factors in attracting and recruiting professional nurses into Massachusetts state service. Although Massachusetts had relatively many registered nurses (RN), 45% were inactive. Resulting shortages were great, especially in state hospitals. All agencies had high turnover, with impending staffing crises in some agencies because many experienced nurses were nearing retirement age. A majority of nurses surveyed expressed interest in inservice training programs (especially in psychiatric nursing) which build on previous education. Of all state service nurses, 12% had baccalaureate degrees, 7% had graduate degrees, and 81% had diplomas or associate degrees only. There were new nursing programs in state institutions, but many did not meet RN needs because of lack of accreditation and other problems. Because Federal, state, and private sources of financial aid were readily available, educational costs were no great obstacle. Citing inadequate salaries (much below private hospital levels) as the Chief handicap in recruitment and retention, the Governor's Standing Committee on Nursing recommended higher salaries, together with improvements affecting patient care, recruitment, administration, and education. Increases of 11% and 5%, respectively, were urged in the proportion of baccalaureate and graduate degree holders. (LY)
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Identifiers: Massachusetts