Nurse shortage hits hospitals
By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer
A state commission is looking for a remedy for a nursing shortage in Maryland hospitals.
The Commission on the Crisis in Nursing, created this year by the Maryland General Assembly, will meet for the first time today in Baltimore.
The Association of Maryland Hospitals & Health Systems (MHA) said that in the first quarter of this year, 14.7 percent of hospital nursing positions statewide were vacant.
Catherine M. Crowley, an assistant vice president for MHA, said the rate is up from 3.3 percent in 1997.
The vacancy and turnover rates are the highest in at least 10 years, according to the MHA.
At Washington County Health Systems Inc., which owns Washington County Hospital, the problem is less urgent, said Brooks McBurney, the vice president of human resources.