Differentiated levels of nursing work force demand

Christine Kovner, Jennifer Schore

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Abstract

In addition to reviewing the literature about the extent to which basic nursing education is related to actual nursing practice, this article investigates the extent to which the relationship between nursing practice, education, and experience varies across specific health care settings. The literature presented no consistent or systematic association between type and amount of previous nursing experience and current nursing practice. However, the literature generally provided evidence of a consistent and systematic association between baccalaureate preparation and level of registered nurse (RN) practice. The review of practice and organizational differences across the hospital, nursing home, and ambulatory care sectors suggests that baccalaureate-prepared RNs in hospitals may have a more strongly differentiated role relative to those in nursing homes and ambulatory settings. If baccalaureate-prepared nurses continue to be perceived as capable of more complex and independent practice, and if employers believe that they can increase revenues by increasing the quality of nursing care or can save money by shifting to RNs some responsibilities now held by more costly personnel (such as physicians), then demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses may increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-253
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume14
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

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Keywords

  • Demand
  • Differentiated practice
  • Nurse education

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  • Nursing(all)

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Differentiated levels of nursing work force demand. / Kovner, Christine; Schore, Jennifer.

In: Journal of Professional Nursing, Vol. 14, No. 4, 1998, p. 242-253.

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Kovner, Christine ; Schore, Jennifer. / Differentiated levels of nursing work force demand. In: Journal of Professional Nursing. 1998 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 242-253.
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