Frantz Discusses Iowa’s Nurse Residency Program
Nurse shortage drives education, retention efforts
By Estela Villanueva-Whitman | Special to The Register | 5/3/2014
Iowa nursing leaders are focusing efforts on providing better training for new graduates to fill expected vacancies in the next decade as well as to help them stay in the profession long-term.
The movement is a result of the 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine on the Future of Nursing. State leaders formed the Iowa Action Coalition two years ago to address the report's recommendations.
The report projected a nursing shortage as a large group of older nurses begin to retire. Iowa has not felt the impact of retirements yet, said Ritz Frantz, dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing and co-chairperson of the Iowa Action Coalition.
"Iowa never had the intensity of shortage that was true in some of the other areas of the country. The recession really brought that shortage issue to a temporary lull," she said.
Many nurses who had been out of the workforce returned to help offset lost income in the household. Some new graduates even had trouble finding jobs. However, a shortage is looming in the next decade, she said.
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