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Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

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Data released by the Department of Health and Human Services in February, 2001, revealed that Nevada has the lowest number of registered nurses per 100,000 population in the nation. The state’s population is growing faster than the nursing programs are currently able to produce new graduates. Current predictions are that the existing nursing shortage will become more severe and have a longer duration than has ever before been experienced. While there may not be one single identifiable causative factor, the aging nursing workforce, low unemployment, and the universal nature of the shortage magnify the problem. This paper focuses on the ills of the State of Nevada, truly a population at Risk, by addressing the incidence and prevalence of “Nurselessness” as a public health threat, possible causes, epidemic proportions, treatment alternatives, and potential cost to cure.


Medically underserved areas; Nevada; Nurses – Supply and demand; Public health


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Nursing | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration