How Can Employment-Based Benefits Help The Nurse Shortage?


Joanne Spetz, Sara Adams

Feb. 01, 2006

During a labor shortage, employment-based benefits can be used to recruit and retain workers. This paper provides data on the availability of benefits to registered nurses (RNs), reports on how health care leaders are approaching the provision of employment-based benefits for nurses, and considers what nurses have to say in focus groups about benefits. Because of the ongoing nurse shortage, many employers are trying to enhance the benefits they offer to support recruitment and retention efforts. The authors offer recommendations for health care leaders that follow from our findings about the current state of nurses’ employment-based benefits.

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