In recent years, the world has experienced several shortages in various workfields. One of the most detrimental shortages that could have wrought significant consequences was the global nursing shortage. Currently, the mission is to find a way to bridge the gap in the Baby Boomer and Generation X populations.
Traditional methods used to recruit nursing professionals had become outdated and ineffective with the severity of the shortage so innovative nurses and medical personnel developed newer methods in order to solve the issue at hand. A study conducted on a group of nurses who worked in state and local public health departments and responded to the 2010 Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice’s survey of public health workers observed and analyzed the different aspects that go into deciding whether or not one wants to enter the nursing workfield (Yeager & Wisniewski, n.d.). The objective of the research was to examine factors that influence nurses’ decisions to work in public health agencies. Some factors that influence nurses to begin and remain working in local governmental public health agencies, such as flexible schedules and employee autonomy, are factors that governmental public health agencies can design into positions and highlight when recruiting from health care organizations, private industry, and academia (Yeager & Wisniewski, n.
d).In addition to recruitment and retention, nursing professionals are expected to recruit the best and the brightest nurses that they can. The Francis report advises that student nurses need to be both intelligent and caring, with an intrinsic desire to help others. They are required to be passionate about the values that underpin nursing and motivated to put the welfare of others above their own (Wood, 2014). When recruiting nurses from a society with values far removed from those desired by the nursing profession, finding the right people to become the workforce of the future is a difficult task. Academic and practice personnel interviewed potential student nurses with an emphasis on looking for caring attributes alongside the necessary educational requirements. The students were being recruited for a new, empathetic nursing curriculum with caring values at the heart of the course.