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Nursing News: Maryland Funds Programs to Ease Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 7th, 2012

Here’s some bad nursing news, balanced with some good nursing news. The bad: Maryland expects that its nursing shortage could reach 11,000 to 20,000 nurses in 2012. The good: In an effort to combat the growing nursing shortage, Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission provided institutional funding through state Nurse Support Program (NSP) grants. The goal is to increase the numbers of bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals by improving nurse retention and increasing the number of nurses educated in the state.nursing shortage

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty are working to solve the nursing shortage through a variety of NSP initiatives. Four faculty members are collaborating with hospitals that have received NSP grants to fund nurse retention strategies. These include developing preceptor programs, providing tuition for DNP programs and MSN programs, and conducting an interventional study of disruptive behavior in the work environment.

What is your state and/or facility doing to ease the impending nursing shortage?

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