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Shoring Up the Nursing Workforce: What Policies Can Get Us Back on Track?

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The nursing shortage has become a topic of concern across the U.S. Since 2020, the number of nurses providing direct patient care has dropped precipitously, as more young nurses leave the bedside. Hospital vacancy rates for registered nurses have nearly doubled from 9% to 17% – vacancies which directly impact patient care.

Join BPC and our panel of experts on May 10 as we mark National Nurses Week with a discussion on policy solutions to address the nursing workforce crisis. We will take an in-depth look at the federal response to this crisis and how health systems and schools of nursing are approaching the nursing shortages, and what potential long-term policy solutions might look like.

Featured Participants

Introduction by:

Bill Hoagland
Senior Vice President, BPC

Charles “Chip” Kahn
President & CEO, Federation of American Hospitals

Panel discussion with:

Linda A. McCauley RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FAAOHN
Dean of Emory School of Nursing

Patricia “Polly” Pittman, Ph.D
Professor of Health Workforce Equity, Director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, The George Washington University

Mark Vogt
CEO of Galen College of Nursing

Maria Zangardi
Division Vice President, Human Resources, Behavioral Health at UHS

Moderated by:

Sheila Burke, MPA, RN, FAAN
Senior Adviser, BPC; Strategic Adviser, Baker Donelson

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