Management Policy and the Shortage of Professional Nurses

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Noppawan Jaikong
Jindawan Thammapreecha
Ritthikorn Siriprasertchok
Thanawat Pimoljinda


The objectives of this research were to study the relationship between hospitality management policy and the shortage of professional nurses and to suggest solutions for the shortage. The researcher studied and collected secondary data from documents of various related agencies. The qualitative data also were obtained from four groups of key informants including (1) policymakers, (2) professional nurse producers, (3) hospital administrators, and (4) professional nurses, using a semi-structured interview.
The results of the study are as follows: (1) Policy-driven issues caused by the problem of coordination between relevant departments are various. (2) Conflicts in policy include canceling scholarships for nursing students that was launched while the demand for nurses increased, for instance. (3) In-depth information is lacking for the analysis of the demand for professional nurses. (4) There is a lack of professional progress and security restricts employment opportunities, causing overlapping work and affecting the welfare of personnel, monetarily and non-monetarily. The researchers suggest solutions to the problems as follows: (1) There should be a professional nursing development committee to be a center for coordinating cooperation between users, producers, stakeholders, and professional nurses. (2) There should be an establishment of clear and fair management policies and practical approaches especially regarding standard workloads, and the welfare of nurses, monetarily and non-monetarily, should be reviewed.


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