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NEWS | Nursing Ask The Nursing Expert Redraft of nurse role sought Anne Marie Barnett, RN Former President, Maryland NADONA/LTC in government-backed study By Brett Bakshis to address: Staff sometimes request time A new initiative to study the • Reconceptualizing the off that they want after they have future of nursing in America role of nurses in the context bought their plane tickets, making and help address the growing of the workforce, the shortage, stafﬁng a nightmare. Any sugges- nursing shortage was jointly societal issues, and current and tions on how to handle this? launched last month by two future technology. research organizations. • Expanding nursing fac- Make it very clear when you are inter- Members of a new commit- ulty, increasing the capacity of viewing for a job in your department tee overseen by the Institute nursing schools. what the policy is about requesting of Medicine and the Robert • Redesigning nursing edu- time off. I have also seen staff wait until Woods Johnson Foundation cation to meet current and September or October to begin to use will spend the next 10 months A new study will explore the future healthcare demands. their leave time because they are in a meeting with nurses and the role of nurses in healthcare and • Examining solutions in address how to attract and retain use or lose situation. public and reviewing different them across various settings. healthcare delivery and health Meet with all of your staff at the nursing care models. professional education. beginning of summer and review the They will create a report should be able to present its • Attracting and retaining time off policy and be sure that all intended to define a com- report in the fall of next year, well-prepared nurses in mul- members sign in for the review. It is not prehensive plan of action, according to Robert Woods tiple care settings. These include your job to keep track of who is and who including local, state and Johnson Foundation. acute, ambulatory, primary care, is not using their time off. federal policy changes, if Group leaders outlined community and public health- Please make sure that you are con- necessary. The committee some of the areas they intend care settings. ■ sistent with following the request for Nurses express employer dissatisfaction time off policy. Discourage staff from buying plane tickets before their leave request is approved. Stress that a request does not guarantee approval. By James M. Berk
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