ICN identifies priorities for action in nursing shortage.

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The findings of a two-year study by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) were announced in March 2006. The report, Global Nursing Shortage: Priority Areas for Intervention, identifies top priorities for action, calling on national and global partners to engage in developing, implementing and financing interventions in five priority areas:

* Macroeconomic and health sector funding policies

* Workforce policy and planning, including regulation

* Positive practice environments and organisational performance

* Recruitment and retention; addressing maldistribution within countries, and out-migration

* Nursing leadership.

The report points to critically needed...

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