Monday, June 22, 2009

Trinidad is Optimistic about it's Nursing Shortage

"Nursing shortage to end in 2012." reports Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday for Monday June 22, 2009.

Jerry Narace, Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Health, "is confident the chronic shortage of nurses in the health sector will be remedied by 2012." What's his plan? ...for one to continue actively recruiting foreign nurses!

New Workforce Planning Research Tool Projecting Nursing Shortage in Ireland

"A Quantitative Tool for Workforce Planning in Healthcare: Example Simulations Report by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit FAS on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs." by Jasmina Behan, Nora Condon, Ivica Milicevic, and Caroline Shally, June 2009; 136 p.

"The research, conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit at FAS, developed a quantitative tool that facilitates the assessment of how different policy scenarios and changes in the size and composition of the population, the main determinant of demand for health services, will affect the balance between the supply and demand of a range of healthcare occupations. The research has taken an economy-wide approach and also includes the private healthcare sector. It shows that there are shortfalls facing some occupations, while others are in oversupply... The research findings underscore the continuous nature of workforce planning... Only by adopting an on-going approach to workforce planning is it possible to optimally address the issues of either skill shortages or excess supply from education and training, as well as issues with an excessive attrition from potential supply and the existing workforce." Una Halligan, Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU).

"Supply [of nurses] from abroad – Non-EU supply: non EU-trained nurses have become an important source of supply of late: in 2007 (the period February-December inclusive), 1,412 employment permits were issued to non-EU nurses. Over the period 2000-2006, 9,442 nurses were granted work authorisations/ work visas." (p.67)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Champion Nursing in America

A new website has been launched by The Center to Champion Nursing in America, with the stated purpose and goal: "To ensure every American has access to a highly-skilled nurse, when and where they need one." Another important goal for the Center is to work to "increase funding to expand nursing education" and "decrease turnover among new nursing graduates".
The Center is a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Alzheimer's Project

In case you missed this recent HBO series on Alzheimer's Disease, or you may well want to view them again, you can still access it and other excellent information from the HBO Alzheimer's Project website.
This four-part documentary series takes a "close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country's leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer's and on their families."

Click on the title link to the excellent informational website, the streaming videos, as well as 15 short supplemental films on the topic.
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