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Improving Healthcare through the Workforce


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Getting Answers

Our focus is on building a more integrated and efficient healthcare workforce to improve access and quality and constrain the increase in healthcare cost.

Building Tomorrow

Investigators concentrate on assuring the nation has a well prepared and adequately sized healthcare workforce.

Changing Lives

Preparing the workforce to improve the delivery of healthcare services.


Center Director's Corner

Looking for data?  Please be sure to follow the link below to gain access to national surveys (the survey instrument, data and publications) we have conducted since 2002.  Surveyed populations include registered nurses, physicians, health executives, the public, health policy thought leaders and more.

Surveys and Data


Hospital employment of registered nurses (RNs) increased dramatically during the recession, making it seem as if the decade-long national shortage of RNs had ended. But RN employment is counter-cyclical, and the bubble is likely to burst during the next several years.

The Center´s research team of Dartmouth College professor of economics Doug Staiger, Ph.D., RAND Corporation health economist David Auerbach, Ph.D., and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N discuss this in the April 19, 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

To read the full article: Registered Nurse Labor Supply and the Recession- Are We in a Bubble?