Explanations for Persistent Nursing Shortages

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dc.contributor.author Long, Mark C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Goldfarb, Marsha G. en_US
dc.contributor.author Goldfarb, Robert S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-16T00:33:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-16T00:33:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mark C. Long, Marsha G. Goldfarb, and Robert S. Goldfarb (2008) "Explanations for Persistent Nursing Shortages," Forum for Health Economics and Policy: Vol. 11: Iss. 2 (Health Economics), Article 10. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.bepress.com/fhep/11/2/10 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/15547
dc.description.abstract This paper contributes to the economics literature on nursing market shortages by putting forward two new models that suggest three new explanations for perceived nursing shortages. The first model focuses on hospitals hiring both permanent staff nurses and temporary contract nurses. It shows that hiring both classes of nurses can represent optimizing behavior, and that an interesting kind of perceived nursing shortage results from this dual hiring. The second model posits two classes of hospitals, "premier" and "funds-constrained," and generates two distinct kinds of nursing shortages: economic shortages, involving unfilled, budgeted positions, and "noneconomic" professional standards shortages. We believe that the perceived existence of professional standards shortages may be a significant explanation for the widespread impression of persistent shortages. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Explanations for Persistent Nursing Shortages en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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