ADVANCE polled nursing leaders from several nursing schools to get their perspectives on what they feel is the most important issue facing nursing in 2010 and how it should be addressed by academia. Here is the response from Audrey Berman, PhD, RN, Dean of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland:
"It's difficult to tell how the ratio of students needing jobs to experienced nurses staying on the job will change because we don't know what the economy is going to do. Our challenge will be to right-size the workforce and make sure the number of nurses we need continue to be there for the shortage that has never really gone away. That means continuing to reach out to employers and encouraging them to continue to hire new grads and keep the programs that support them open so they're covered when the shortage comes back."