Clinical Decision-Making of Rural Novice Nurses

Because nurses are often the first to triage and begin treatment, especially in rural areas, an understanding of how they make decisions in patient care is important. The purpose of this study was to explore the decision-making experiences of the rural novice nurse. [from author]

Unemployed and Underemployed Nurses

Efforts to expand access to nursing care and remedy the global nursing shortages are hampered when nurses are unemployed or underemployed. This monograph seeks to fill the gap in understanding on this issue, including nurses who are currently inactive but who might return to nursing work given favourable circumstances. [adapted from introduction]
The document also includes case studies from Kenya, Uganda, Philippines and Ireland.

Survey of the Quality of Nursing Care in Several Districts in South Africa

The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the quality of nursing service and care in three health districts in the KwaZulu Natal Province and to identify deficiencies which could be addressed by education and training for nurses. [adapted from abstract]

Prioritizing Professional Practice Models for Nurses in Low-Income Countries

This article argues that without a comprehensive model for professional nursing practice, nurses cannot reach their potential in transforming health services delivery where it is most needed. [adapted from author]

Monitoring the Health of Nurses in Canada

The ultimate goal of this project was to help policy and decision makers maintain and enhance the health of the nursing workforce by providing them with an overview of the information related to nurse health in Canada. [adapted from author]

Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners in Canada: A Decision Support Synthesis

As clinical experts, leaders and change agents, advanced practice nurses (APN) are recognized as an important human resource strategy for improving access to high-quality, cost-effective and sustainable models of healthcare. This report aims to develop a better understanding of the roles of APNs, the contexts in which they are currently being used, and the health system factors that influence the effective integration of advanced practice nursing in the Canadian healthcare system. [adapted from author]

Understanding Whole Systems Change in Healthcare: The Case of Emerging Evidence-Informed Nursing Service Delivery Models

The imperative to deliver the best care possible drives research on best practices in nursing. This study examines what it takes to spread a guideline or recommendation from one or two units or organizations to a system-wide innovation that benefits all patients and providers and the healthcare system as a whole; what cost drivers and increased benefits come with spreading a best practice; and what supports, sustains or gets in the way of spreading evidence-informed change. [adapted from summary]

Nurses' Perceptions of Online Continuing Education

The aims of this study are to show nurses’ perceptions of online continuing education and to determine perceptions of various groups; area groups, working companies, frequency of computer usage and age. [from abstract]

Nursing Shortage in India with Special Reference to International Migration of Nurses

This paper attempts to explore the migration of nurses from India in the context of nursing shortages in the country. It looks at the relationship between the development of the nursing profession in India, shortage of nurses in the country and international migration of Indian nurses. [from introduction]

Task Analysis: An Evidence-Based Methodology for Strengthening Education and Training of Nurses and Midwives in Liberia

A task analysis survey of health workers in Liberia was conducted to determine how often recently graduated health workers perform tasks from the basic package of health services, and whether training was received for these tasks either in school or on the job. This paper focuses on nurse and midwife cadres and describe the: implementation of the study in Liberia; key findings and analysis of select clinical tasks; and recommendations for improving and integrating educational programs. [adapted from abstract]

Sustaining Innovation in the Health Care Workforce: a Case Study of Community Nurse Consultant Posts in England

Recruiting, retaining and meeting increasing demand for experienced, qualified nurses is an issue of concern for all health care systems. This paper considers the factors that sustain or curtail workforce innovations through the case example of a cohort of nurse consultants established in one community health service in England.

Nursing Human Resource Planning Best Practice Toolkit: Creating a Best Practice Resource for Nursing Managers

A project supported the creation of a network of teaching and community hospitals to develop a . This paper provides an overview of the process used to develop a best practice toolkit in nursing human resource planning targeted at first line nursing managers, a description of the toolkit contents and a reflection on the outcomes of the project. [adapted from abstract]

Nursing in Mauritius: Case Study

This case study provides a discussion on the key issues in the development of the nursing workforce in Mauritius. [from introduction]

Essential Core Competencies Related to HIV and AIDS are Critically Needed in Nursing

This article outlines the need for establishing contextually appropriate competencies in HIV and AIDS nursing as a fundamental step toward ensuring success in addressing the pandemic in Southern Africa.

Following the Funding Trail: Financing, Nurses and Teamwork in Australian General Practice

This paper begins with a review of general practice financing in Australia, and how nurses are currently funded. We then examine the influence on funding structures on the role of the nurse. We set out three dilemmas for policymakers in this area: lack of an evidence base for incentives, possible untoward impacts on interdisciplinary functioning, and the substitution/enhancement debate. [from abstract]

Nursing Human Resources Planning and Management Competencies

This document describes core competencies related to human resources planning and management. It reflects the context of the challenges faced by the health sectors and the nursing workforce globally, and the important role played by nurses in managing and leading teams of highly skilled health professionals, in providing leadership in the provision of service delivery and care, and contributing at the highest levels to the ongoing development of a health care system that can deliver key improvements in health outcomes. [from summary]

The Global Shortage of Registered Nurses: Summary

This summary report on the global nursing workforce is the first output from a program of work examining the crucial issue of nursing shortages, and identifying a framework for policy interventions. [from summary]

Global Survey Monitoring Progress in Nursing and Midwifery

The objectives of this study were to establish a global baseline within five key result areas (human resources planning, management, education, practice and leadership); and evaluate the impact of country interventions to improve nursing and midwifery services considering past policy recommendations. [adapted from introduction]

Front Line Care: Report by the Prime Minister's commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England 2010

The Commission developed a value-based vision of the future that sees nurses and midwives in the mainstream of service planning, development and delivery, backed up by the necessary education, continuing professional development and supervision, and by supportive management and workplace cultures. This report endorses important existing effots, and where necessary proposes to accelerate the pace of change. It adds new thinking about how best nursing and midwifery can support service users, families and local communities. [from author]

Decent Pensions for Nurses

This monograph presents an analysis of the various factors that affect pension adequacy and sustainability in order to improve the understanding of the factors at stake and how they relate to the specific situation of nurses, particularly, though not exclusively, in advanced economies.­ [from summary]

Nurse Labor and Education Markets in the English-Speaking CARICOM: Issues and Options for Reform

The chief objective of this research was to produce a comprehensive assessment of the nurse labor and education markets of the English-speaking Caribbean community (CARICOM). [adapted from summary]

Practices in Community Health Toward Equity: Contributions of Brazilian Nursing

This article discusses practices in community health, supported by life quality indicators of the Brazilian population, emphasizing nursing contributions toward social justice. It presents the current situation involving inequities in health in Brazil and Latin America with regard to the economic aspects, access to and distribution of health services, as well as the scenario of education of health professionals. [adapted from abstract]

Wanted: 2.4 Million Nurses, and That's Just in India

The author outlines the state of the nursing health workforce shortage in the developing world, its causes and impacts.

Nursing Human Resources in Kenya: Case Study

This report aims to outline the composition of the nursing workforce in Kenya, including recent trends and dynamics, and describes the involvement of stakeholders, both within and beyond Kenya, in the development of nursing and the nursing workforce. [from summary]

Impact of the Economic Recession on Nurses and Nursing in Iceland

This article describes human resources in nursing and the role and status of nurses within the health care system. It also deals with government measures and the foreseeable impact on nursing and health care services. [adapted from introduction]

Strategies to Advance 70% Full-Time Nurse Employment Toolkit

This toolkit was designed for nurse employers across the province of Ontario to use as a resource in working toward the 70% full-time nurse commitment. It is a practical guide to assist Nurse Managers and Human Resource Staff in identifying staffing needs and creating organization-specific strategies to increase full-time employment for nurses. [from author]

Impact of HIV Scale-Up on the Role of Nurses in South Africa: Time for a New Approach

HIV scale-up has triggered innovations in nurse training, task shifting, retention, and scope of practice that need not remain HIV specific. Lessons learned in the context of HIV have the potential to enhance nursing practice and human resources for health more generally, strengthening South Africa’s health systems and improving access to effective health services. [from abstract]

Return Migration of Nurses

This paper focuses on some of the challenges and the opportunities created by migration of nurses, specifically focusing on the issue of return. Divided into five main sections, the paper looks at migration and population mobility in general to set the context, then focuses on the migration of health professionals. [from summary]

Guidelines on Planning Human Resources for Nursing

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist nurse leaders in strengthening the management of their professional workforce and, through this, to assist in strengthening health care delivery and strategies for improving health. [from author]

Role of Nurses and Midwives in Polio Eradication and Measles Control Activities: a Survey in Suday and Zambia

We conducted a survey among nurses and midwives working at district level in Sudan and Zambia to determine their roles and functions in polio eradication and measles elimination programs. [from abstract]