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...