Needed soon--critical care nurses.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Supply and demand)
Intensive care nursing (Forecasts and trends)
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 10
Topic: Event Code: 600 Market information - general; 010 Forecasts, trends, outlooks Computer Subject: Market trend/market analysis
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 243451568
Full Text: Demand for critical care nursing is expected to double over the next 20 years, growing at a much faster rate than the supply of nurses. This prediction is in a report written for Health Workforce New Zealand by the Health Workforce Information Programme. The supply of nurses was expected to gradually increase until 2018, with little extra growth after that. Demand was expected to grow much faster and from 2014 demand for critical care nursing services would begin to outstrip supply and continue to increase.

Demand indicators included population growth projections and past, present and anticipated demand. The forecast took into account how changes in technology would affect delivery of critical care nursing.

The report said critical care nurses required on-the-job training when they started work. "Due to the high level of skill required to function within critical care units, a nurse's first introduction is most often as a registered nurse (RN) who has secured a job within a unit." This meant all nurses relied on orientation, in-house training and experience to gain adequate skill as an advanced beginner. Post-graduate education further developed nurses' skills and knowledge. Of the current cohort, 42 percent had been in the job less than four years. "Rising demand for critical care nursing, coupled with limited potential for non-RN support services means a high rate of educational preparation will be needed to sustain a skill level appropriate to increasingly complex demands," the report stated.
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