ERIC Number: ED476889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-5
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing New Mexico's Nursing Shortage: A Statewide Strategy Framework. Report from the NM Nursing Shortage Statewide Strategy Sessions (NS4), July-October 2002.
Barsky, Lewis; Zilke, Suzanne
In July 2002, the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center began a 3-month planning process that brought together a range of stakeholders who looked for ways to address the states nursing shortage. The process was called NS4, for the Nursing Shortage Strategy Sessions, and this report presents the findings of that process. As a result of the nursing shortage, 72% of New Mexico hospitals have curtailed services and home care agencies, long term care facilities, and public health offices have reduced services as well. Findings show that filling nursing vacancies is extremely expensive, that nursing faculty positions are not filled because salaries are lower than those for comparably prepared clinical nurses, and that the vacancy rate in health care facilities is expected to reach 57% by 2020. The number one priority identified is to double the number of licensed nursing graduates in new Mexico. The state currently produces about 500 graduates each year, and evidence indicates the need to increase that number by 500 per year starting in 3 years and continuing for the next 15 to 20 years. The second priority is to implement a process and infrastructure to sustain this effort over the long term, especially by expanding nursing school capacity. An appendix contains a nursing shortage chronology, a nursing shortage data sheet, and a list of participants in the strategy sessions that led to this report. (Contains 11 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Health Needs, Health Services, Nurses, Nursing Education, Supply and Demand, Teacher Recruitment
For full text: http://www.nmche.org/reports/NS4version6.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.; New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque. Health Sciences Center.
Identifiers: New Mexico
Note: Contains small print.