Posts from December, 2009

We Need Nursing Instructors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 28th, 2009

schoolWith the average age of nursing faculty at 57 years, the industry is looking to create interest among nurses to become faculty members.

More money is needed for scholarships to enable nurses to earn their masters and doctoral degrees, they report.

Some nursing schools are also collaborating to use a single electronic point of entry, while others allow swapping and negotiation among schools.

In my Each One Reach One Nurse initiative, I encourage nurses to become instructors, and find those qualities in others, inviting them to join the teaching profession.

I have lots more ideas about how to end the nursing shortage. To learn how I can help recruit the nurses you need and retain the best you have, contact me.

Scholarships for Minorities

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 21st, 2009


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing provides scholarships to under-represented minorities to attend nursing schools. To date, the program has awarded 700-plus scholarships!

All of us know someone who would love to be a nurse. Invite them. Ask them to join. Tell them about this and other scholarships.

As an expert in nurse recruitment and retention, I’ve got lots of tips on how you can help end the shortage by recruiting more people into the profession. Please contact me soon.

Help End the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 17th, 2009

nursingstudent1When I speak at nurse recruitment and retention events, I’ve often stated that we are expected to be ½ million nurses short within the next ten years. But the news is worse than I thought. According to the 2004 Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Sample Survey on the registered nurse population, the nursing shortage is expected to hit 1 million by 2020.

The next four-year survey will be released in the first quarter of 2010, but many are not waiting to see if the number has risen. Various organizations have been working hard to reverse the trend.

States and hospitals are providing money to send their licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses. Payers, local foundations and companies whose missions are aligned with healthcare access are also making investments to recruit nurses as nursing students.

How can you engage your community and hospital for help end the shortage? I have lots of proven strategies. Contact me.

A Million Nurses Short!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 12th, 2009

busynursemaleblackUnemployment in the U.S. is near 10%, one the highest rates in years. Nevertheless, we’ve got a severe shortage of workers in one of most well-known and necessary careers in the world. The field is nursing. And, the need for nurses – whether Registered Nurses (RNs) with an associates degree or those with bachelors and master’s degrees is huge. According to a study by the Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA), there will be a shortfall of over 400,000 nurses in 2010 and over 1 million in 2020. While other studies have offered more conservative estimates, and there has been an increase in nurses over the past five years, there is no doubt that the shortage of nurses is severe, and long term.

There is hope, however. According to the Bureau of Labor, says growth in this field between 2006 and 2016 will be 23%, much faster than the average for all occupations.

We nurses can speed that growth, with my Each One Reach One Nurse initiative. Contact me so I can help you recruit the nurses you need. Together we can end the shortage.

Nurse Get More Time at the Bedside

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 9th, 2009

nurseworkingA three-year effort to improve the work environment for New Jersey’s nurses is under way, with 47 state hospitals set to participate.

The hospitals are participating in the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative, to train support nurses so they can spend more time with their patients.

The training also is intended to increase retention and decrease turnover among nurses, according to the director of the New Jersey Hospital Association Institute for Quality and Patient Safety. The NJHA is sponsoring the initiative with a $732,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Their goal is to increase the amount of time nurses spend providing direct patient care and investigate ways to keep our more experienced nurses in the work force longer, while helping them to maintain their enthusiasm and passion caring for others.

An honorable goal, we should all strive to achieve. Allowing nurses to give more attentive patient care, is the best retention tool.

To learn how I can help you recruit and retain your nurses, contact me.

Care Lacking Due to Nurse Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 5th, 2009

nurseworkingShortages of healthcare professionals have compromised access to care in their areas, some CEOs report. Forty-six percent said access to care has been compromised by physician shortages, and eight percent said access has been compromised by nurse shortages. This may not seem like a big number, until one realizes that 8 out o f 100 people do not get the care they need because of the nursing shortage. This is unacceptable.

Last year nearly 120,000 potential nursing students were turned away in the United States. Join your community in finding ways to end the nursing shortage so everyone can receive the care they need.

I have lots of proven ideas. Please contact me.