Policy Statement on Mandatory Overtime

In its groundbreaking publication, Perspectives on the Nursing Shortage: A Blueprint for Action (AONE, 2000), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) recognized early on the potential impacts of the nursing shortage. In the last three years, the nursing shortage has become more acute. Shortages have been documented in countless studies and have become a critical factor in the access to and the provision of timely patient care services. The Division of Nursing at the Health Resources and Services Administration projects the need for one million nurses by 2010. Barring aggressive intervention, the supply of nurses will fall by 29 percent below what is required by the year 2020.

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