Nurses are consistently ranked by consumers as the most trusted professionals.
Nurses are the largest segment of the Delaware healthcare workforce with over 16,000 registered nurses and 1,500 advanced practice registered nurses (Delaware Board of Nursing, 2016). Nearly every healthcare encounter includes a registered nurse. From the staff nurse in the community hospital, to the nurse practitioner in a walk-in clinic, or the school nurse in the local school, nurses are meeting our state’s many healthcare needs.
Delaware leaders need to recognize that the priority focus for the future of healthcare in Delaware must be placed on ensuring a sufficient nursing workforce. Efforts should be placed on providing additional education funding opportunities as support for future nurses and nursing education programs, as well as encouraging hospitals and other employers to hire new nurses in order to maintain adequate staffing levels. In addition, financial assistance should be provided for further research endeavors on the nursing workforce supply (Delaware Nurses Association, 2014).
Delaware Board of Nursing. (2016, February 26). Board of Nursing Meeting Minutes-January 13, 2016 . Dover, Delaware, United States: Delaware Board of Nursing.
Delaware Nurses Association. (2014). Nursing Workforce in the State of Delaware: A Current Look 2014. Delaware, United States: Delaware Nurses Association.