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  1. Marshall, Elaine Sorensen RN, PhD


A major factor in the growing crisis in health care is the serious shortage of nurses in practice and education. The current work force shortage is different and more critical than previous cyclical deficits. Because it is projected to be of unprecedented severity and to endure long into the future, it demands significant attention and innovation. Nurses in clinical practice and in faculty roles are growing older, and the nursing work force in general is becoming relatively less educated. A strong nursing work force of the future will require new approaches to recruitment, preparation, and retention of nurses, interdisciplinary partnerships, and infusion of support from a variety of sources.