"I knew it was going to be small," Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation, tells Chief Healthcare Executive.
"It is a surprise, but it's something that can get fixed."
That's the conclusion of a new report that found just 1% of the $333 billion donated to health care between 2015 and 2022 went to the nursing profession.
"I was surprised at how little investment there is in nursing leadership," Judge says.
The report found that just 3% of grants went to investing in nurse leadership or nurse-led innovation, and only 1% of grants were designated for adding more diversity to the nursing workforce.
"I think the reason that there's not more giving is probably because nursing is not as visible at the table that sets the fundraising priorities," Judge says.
Many hospital and health systems leaders say they're struggling to recruit and retain nurses, who have said they're struggling with depression and burnout.
Judge says it's odd that nursing is considered among the most trusted professions, but she sees a "mis alignment" because the public knows how much time nurses work with patients.
"For me, it's really about a missed opportunity for all of us, as a community, as a patient or a child of a Read the Entire Article
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