Recommendations to Address the Nursing Shortage
Similar to other countries, the U.S. has had a long running shortage of nurses. There are many reasons for this—including the high cost of education and licensure. While the nursing shortage existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic, this crisis highlights the critical need for nurses in a healthcare system that is strained.
In this white paper we offer recommendations and considerations for when COVID-related emergency responses subside and the nursing shortage continues to be an issue. The recommendations cover education, financing, professional supports, and licensure. We hope this paper will inform employers, educators, licensing boards, and policymakers.
This white paper provides information that supports six major recommendations:
- Promote nursing as a career choice in high school students;
- Offer and promote alternative financing options;
- Offer professional support and opportunities;
- Enhance nursing education resources;
- Consider maximizing licensure reciprocity; and
- Consider leveraging assessments as an alternative to some licensing requirements.