Solving the Nursing Shortage

Written by Que Schafer

For years, hospitals all overrepparttar United States have experienced a shortage in nurses, nurse administrators, nurse managers and nurse practitioners. Unfortunately,repparttar 142541 shortage doesn’t appear to be getting any better.

According to a report byrepparttar 142542 Health Resources and Services Administration, 30 states currently have shortages of registered nurses (RNs). The shortage is expected to intensify overrepparttar 142543 next two decades, with 44 states expected to have RN shortages byrepparttar 142544 year 2020. Furthermore,repparttar 142545 demand for nurses in 2012 is expected to be 2.9 million, up fromrepparttar 142546 2.3 million that were needed in 2003.

There has never been a more appropriate time to pursue a career in nursing inrepparttar 142547 United States. The total job openings, including new jobs and replacing nurses who no longer are practicing, will be more than 1.1 million from 2002 to 2012.

The main reasons forrepparttar 142548 high demand of nurses in this country include an 18 percent growth in population, an aging, health-obsessed baby boomer population, and extended lifespans. According to a report released in May of 2001 byrepparttar 142549 Nursing Institute atrepparttar 142550 University of Illinois College of Nursing,repparttar 142551 ratio of potential caregivers torepparttar 142552 people most likely to need care—the elderly population—will decrease by 40 percent between 2010 and 2030.

The problem is one of simple supply and demand. Demand for nurses will grow by 40 percent byrepparttar 142553 year 2020, whilerepparttar 142554 supply of nurses will increase by only 6 percent overrepparttar 142555 same period. The aging population of nurses in this country is another factor. The median age of nurses continues to increase, and a large wave of retirements is unavoidable.

In August of 2002,repparttar 142556 Nursing Reinvestment Act of 2002 was signed by President Bush to addressrepparttar 142557 problem of our nation’s nursing shortage. It was intended to promote people to enter and remain in nursing careers, thus helping to lightenrepparttar 142558 growing nursing shortage. The law establishes scholarships, loan repayments, public service announcements, retention grants, career ladders, geriatric training grants and loan cancellation for nursing faculty. Funding for these programs is provided through 2007 by law.

To addressrepparttar 142559 growing needs of today’s population, at least one college in particular is offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees to motivated individuals interested inrepparttar 142560 nursing/healthcare arena. Founded in 1976, University of Phoenix is one ofrepparttar 142561 original accredited universities to offer online college education with complete degree programs by use ofrepparttar 142562 Internet. It isrepparttar 142563 nation’s largest accredited university, with over 17,000 highly qualified instructors, 170 campuses and Internet delivery worldwide.

University of Phoenix offers two Nursing/Health Care undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN license required) and Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services (BCHCS). The graduate degrees inrepparttar 142564 same field are: Master of Science in Nursing (RN license required), Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (RN license required) and Master of Science in Nursing/MBA/Health Care Management (RN license required).

“The nursing shortage in this country is a major problem, but there are some pluses torepparttar 142565 dilemma,” said Barbara Sanner,repparttar 142566 Arizona Marketing Manager for University of Phoenix. “One ofrepparttar 142567 benefits torepparttar 142568 shortage is that you can virtually write your own ticket, meaning that you can work anywhere inrepparttar 142569 country, in any environment andrepparttar 142570 job pays well.” Typically, starting registered nurses earn salaries inrepparttar 142571 $40,000+ range.

Two Leadership Traps: How To Avoid Them. How To Get Out Of them (Part 2)

Written by Brent Filson

PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH: This article may be republished in newsletters and on web sites provided attribution is provided torepparttar author, and it appears withrepparttar 142540 included copyright, resource box and live web site link. Email notice of intent to publish is appreciated but not required: mail to:

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Summary: Most people fail in their careers because of leadership deficiencies. A key reason for their failure is they continually and unknowingly keep falling into two leadership traps. The author describesrepparttar 142541 traps and how to get out of them.

Two Leadership Traps: How To Avoid Them. How To Get Out Of them (Part 2) by Brent Filson

Here's how to get out of, or avoid,repparttar 142542 "I need ... " trap. It simply involves changing what you think and what you say in very simple ways.

In my working with leaders worldwide for more than two decades, I've noticed a character trait thatrepparttar 142543 most successful share: They focus consistently on understanding and supportingrepparttar 142544 people whom they lead.

For instance, you could say, "You need ..." which is a good way out. Or, you could say, "The team needs ... " which is a better way out.

Or, you could say, "Do you need? ..." Which isrepparttar 142545 best way out, especially with a question mark attached. A corollary to this question is, "What do you need from me to help you getrepparttar 142546 team to succeed?"

Asking a question rather than using a declarative is often more effective because it gets people reflecting upon their situation. After all, we can't motivate anyone to do anything. They have to motivate themselves. And they best motivate themselves when they reflect on their character and their situation.

A question can trigger such reflection and ultimately lead to their makingrepparttar 142547 choice to be motivated to be your cause leader. You may not likerepparttar 142548 answer; but often their answer, no matter what it is, can better lead to more results being achieved than your declaration can.

Furthermore, asking questions like, "What do you need forrepparttar 142549 team to succeed? ..." works much better than saying "I need ... " because you are forging a "critical confluence" –repparttar 142550 confluence of your or your organization's needs with their needs.

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