Although the number of registered nurses in the United States grew by 138 000 between 1996 and 2000—a 5.4% increase—a staffing shortage looms, warns a new report from the DHHS. "New data confirm what industry reports and public perceptions have been claiming: From children's hospitals to nursing homes, employers cannot hire enough RNs," says the report, entitled Hard Numbers, Hard Choices, which draws from surveys of the nursing workforce conducted every 4 years by the DHHS's Health Resources and Services Administration.
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