Localization of a Demand For Nursing Model at the Grassroots Level

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY➤ A major obstacle to the development of a usable demand model for nursing is the standardization of the definition for “demand.”➤ The lack of standardization of economic terms which are utilized in the state demand models is contributing to the failure of the long-range forecasting process for nursing nationwide.➤ Any state that chooses to utilize U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration data has selected a model which is invalid due to failure to include all members of the nursing population since this definition excludes LPNs completely.➤ Likewise, state nursing demand models in California, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have similar disadvantages.➤ Only at a localized county-by-county grassroots level can a nursing demand model be translated into an equation which would actually calculate demand for nursing.

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