The American Health Care system at a crossroads: an overview of the American Organization of Nurse Executives monograph

Online J Issues Nurs. 2004 May 31;9(2):3.


The current nursing shortage is expected to worsen in the coming decades as the average age of working RNs rises and more RNs reach retirement age. The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has published a monograph, "Perspectives on the Nursing Shortage: A Blueprint for Action," which discusses factors contributing to the current shortage and outlines steps that must be taken to ensure a nursing workforce to meet future demand. In this article, the author summarizes key elements of the AONE monograph, including the factors that contributed to the writing of this monograph, recommendations for resolving the current and impending nursing shortfall, and actions that practicing nurses can take to help ensure a robust workforce for the future.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends*
  • Education, Nursing / economics*
  • Education, Nursing / trends
  • Humans
  • Nurses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Retirement / statistics & numerical data
  • Retirement / trends*
  • United States