Targeted 2019 Legislative Session Solutions to Address North Dakota’s Nursing Workforce Shortage
A shortage of nurses compared to demand has existed to some extent for twenty-five years and yet today’s shortage is uniquely serious. The retirement of baby boomers, the aging population and the associated increase in healthcare needs of our nation’s largest generation has intensified the issue, leading to the need for more nurses and supporting healthcare workers across the state. Nursing forms the base for the economic engine for North Dakota’s communities. The rural North Dakota landscape makes this shortage particularly acute due to the limited program capacity and distance.
Over the last two years, the Governor’s Nursing Shortage Task Force met to develop a set of strategies for ensuring a healthy nursing workforce. The final report and supporting data are available on this page. These strategies are the collective work of multiple entities including the ND Center for Nursing Board of Directors and Leadership team which represents over 40 nursing organizations, North Dakota Hospital Association, the North Dakota Long Term Care Association and Governor’s task force members.
The report includes fourteen strategies which form an interoperable plan. These strategies are all listed below. All of these strategies are needed in order to fully address the complex issue of the nursing shortage. Several of these strategies have been completed or are in progress without state support.
Six of these strategies require legislative support during the 2019 session.
ND Nurses and the Nursing Shortage
The nursing shortage has wide ranging impacts. Below are testimonies that have been submitted by nurses reflecting on the importance of the Legislative Solutions.