When the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System in Long Island, NY, faced the same nursing shortage challenge as other hospitals nationwide, it decided to grow its own. In a unique arrangement, administrators looked to the future from within their own ranks.

Maureen White, RN, MBA, CNAA, the system’s senior vice president and chief nurse executive, explained.

“Our system felt strongly that we couldn’t wait for government to decide on a solution to the nursing shortage. We believed we had a responsibility to find the next generation of nurses,” White said. “When we looked at recruitment and where the next nurse would come from, we felt we were more in control than acknowledged.”

So, North Shore LIJ took action to address the problem head on. “We decided that the future of healthcare probably was already in our system, people who were demonstrating that they care because they are working...

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