Detailed review of the literature on nurses that deals with the supply of professional nurses and with factors that can be expected to influence their recruitment and retention by hospitals. The six chapters of the report cover the following topics: (1) professional nursing personnel: numbers, characteristics, and needs; (2) inactive nurses; (3) part-time employment of nurses; (4) child-care facilities for hospital personnel; (5) job satisfaction among nurses; and (6) nurses' earnings, i.e., salary and fringe benefits. The report pays particular attention to data on nurses in the New York area because it was prepared as part of a project evaluating alternative strategies for alleviating the nursing shortage in New York City municipal hospitals. 105 pp. Bibliog.
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