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April 2, 2003

Nurses' Working Conditions and the Nursing ShortageNurses' Working Conditions and the Nursing Shortage

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1632-1633. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1632-a

To the Editor: Although Drs Berliner and Ginzberg1 acknowledged that increasing the supply of RNs is a short-term solution, they do not offer long-term interventions. No matter how many new nurses are supplied, until the issues of salary, respect, and ethical principles of patient safety are adequately addressed, the hospital nursing shortage will continue. Nurses simply will not stay in the current system.

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