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The Nursing Shortage
A look at how to attract and keep male and female nurses in a shrinking labor market.
# 48831 | 10,674 words | 43 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2004 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Business (Human Resources)

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This paper discusses how recent employment trends in the nursing field have demonstrated a disconcerting drop in the number of employed and employable nurses. It examines how, in what has been traditionally a female-dominated field, the exit rate of both men and women, as well as the approaching retirement of a majority of existing nurses, threatens the long-term care quality of hospital and other in-patient care facilities. It explores some of the factors behind the current nursing shortage and offers suggestions as to how to reverse the trends, which, if left unchecked, threaten our nation's health care delivery system.

Statement of the Problem
Nursing Tasks, Methods and Expectations
Literature Review
State of the Industry
The Art and Science of Nursing
Relative Pay Scales
Male Nursing Roles
Sex Stereotypes
The Influence of the Nationalized Healthcare Debate
Proposed Methods toward Recruiting Nurses
Joint Corporate Campaigns
Steps to Recruiting Men
Wages Issues

From the Paper:

"The field of nursing is not only concerned for the physical care of sick and injured patients. The field of nursing also seeks to address the emotional wellness of their patients also. "Nurses practice medicine as an art, marshaling compassion and skill in equal measure" (Wolkomir 41). Because of Florence Nightingale's efforts in the 1800's nursing has formed itself into a profession which seeks to address the emotional and psycho-dynamic well being of the patient as well as the physical health. While dealing with an oncology patient, Vanessa Livesay stated "comfort is the most important gift [my patient] can be given. Support must be offered, whether accepted or not. If the spirit is in distress, there is usually little comfort for the body.""

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