Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Drs Berliner and Ginzberg1 argued that the coming shortage of registered nurses
(RNs) has unique features (ie, declining numbers entering the profession,
lower retention in hospital jobs, and early retirement) that cannot be adressed
solely through pay increases. Thus, they propose hospital management pay more
attention to nurses' working conditions and job dissatisfaction. Although
I agree with these conclusions, I think they are too limited. In particular,
physicians can play a key role.
Welton R. Nurses' Working Conditions and the Nursing Shortage—Reply. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1632-1633. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1632-a