Nursing Home Workforce Crisis Highlighted in Annual State of the Science Commentary

Jan. 25, 2023

THOROFARE, N.J. – Each year in the January/February issue, Research in Gerontological Nursing (RGN) publishes a State of the Science Commentary to update the professional community on the state of the science for one aspect of gerontological nursing research. Written by esteemed experts, this contribution to the scientific discussion is designed to review progress, chart the course of future research, and coalesce priorities.

The 2023 State of the Science Commentary, “A Fresh Look at the Nursing Home Workforce Crisis: Transforming Nursing Care Delivery Models,” by Elena O. Siegel, PhD, RN; Ann M. Kolanowski, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Barbara J. Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, with a Response to the Commentary by Robin I. Stone, DrPH, highlights the role of professional nurses in promoting high-quality, person-centered care. Improving nursing home quality has never been more urgent, and the issue is multi-faceted. Progress requires specific action by those closest to the targets for improvement. Successful approaches to improve quality of care and quality of life include clear communication, staff empowerment, coaching/mentoring, and family/care partner involvement in the care processes. This article proposes a Relationship-Centered Team Nursing Model to elevate leadership and clinical performance among staff in nursing homes.

“The 2023 Commentary is timely and highlights priorities for gerontological nursing research to improve nursing home quality,” states Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Editor of RGN. “These leaders in the field provide actionable direction and first steps to tackle the overwhelming task of assuring that nursing homes provide person-centered, equitable, and high-quality care for older adults.“

The State of the Science Commentary has become an important, anticipated, and thought-provoking yearly publication in the field of gerontology. Access this year’s article in the free January/February 2023 issue at

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