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WHO: World Needs 4 Million Healthcare Workers

SINGAPORE - Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nation's health division, appealed for more health professionals for the poor, while in Singapore for World Health Day. 

"The world needs 4 million more healthcare professionals" Chan said, urging member nations to train more doctors and nurses.


Is This The "Perfect Storm" of Nursing Shortages?

LA CROSS, WI - A health care administrator in La Cross, Wisconsin calls it the "perfect storm" of nursing shortages.

The administrator cites three factors occurring simultaneously creating a situation that could cause this to be the "perfect storm" of nursing shortages.

Canada´s Nursing Shortage: Old People Treating Old People

EDMINTON- A study whose work was funded by Health Canada for the Canadian Nurses Association predicts a nursing shortage of as many as 18,000 RNs by 2009 if the current health care system isn't changed.

According to Michael Villeneuve, co-author of the study, "the system is not prepared for the tsunami that will bring an aging population crashing down with only an aging, shrinking workforce to rely on for health care in years to come."  He said, "There will be an awful lot of old people treating old people....that wave is coming."


Findings From The National Registered Nurse Survey

WASHINGTON -  The Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released it's survey titled, "Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the 2004 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (March, 2006)."  The complete report is 376 pages.


Nursing Shortage Hits Texas Hospitals Hard

AUSTIN - Hardly a day goes by that she doesn't get letters, emails, or calls from headhunters all offering better jobs, more money, big signing bonuses and flexible scheduling.

She says it's nice to feel wanted, but the aggressive recruiting tactics by some hospitals dramatize a national staffing shortage so severe that it could leave many hospitals postponing surgeries, mismanaging patients, and eventually closing down



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