Sites of Nurse Production: A Post-Structuralist Examination

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Master of Arts in Communication



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Peter Wollheim


Pam Springer


Marty Most


The Shortage and Production of Nurses

Currently, the U.S. and numerous other countries suffer an ever-increasing nursing shortage (Marek, 2005; Mee, 2005; Nullis-Kapp, 2005; Smeltzer & Vlasses, 2005; Staiger, Auerbach, & Buerhaus, 2001). Previous shortages featured causes easy to identify and rectify (Goodin, 2003), but unlike shortages of the past, this looming ‘nursing crisis’ is not a mere cyclical event, ebbing and flowing according to social and economic factors. (Buerhaus, 2000). This nursing shortage appears to be the result of an aging profession unable to renew itself. Most nursing research examines the current state of nursing within a shortage context, while neglecting the subjectivity of the nursing profession. As evidenced in the large amount of information dedicated to recruitment strategies, the production of more nurses emerges as the top strategy for addressing the nursing shortage.

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