Presidential Candidates' Health-care Reform Policies and the Physician and Nurse Shortage

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Expert:
Dr. Linda Aiken
Professor, School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:
• Authority on causes, consequences and solutions for nurse shortages in the U.S. and around the world
• Co-director of the National Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, director of Penn’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and former president of the American Academy of Nursing.
• Her research explores the impact of nursing shortages around the world and relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes.

Quote:
“None of the presidential candidates has provided a serious plan for creating an adequate number of nurses and doctors. There are frequent errors in hospitals because of the nursing shortage. It’s folly to believe the country can provide high-quality care to millions of newly insured families with the current health-care workforce stretched so thin.”