A study to determine the supply and demand of nurses in Korea by 2015 took place recently. Prediction of the supply was done using a baseline project which used an assumption that the age structure of the nurses in current use remains the same. The basic employed of the past trend which is inclusive of losses and increments before the year 1996 for the five-year interval projections up to the year 2015. Predictions of the demand for the nurses in healthcare institutions were also there but the methodology used was a derivative method. The National Medical Insurance System provided the statistics that were helpful in the study (Hyeoun-ae and Eunyong 2001). These methods showed that 282,000 nurses will be available by the year 2015. When the index from the Patients’ survey is used to project the demand, the projected demand for nurses lies at 147,000. It lands at 215,000 when the index obtained from the Medical Law Standard is utilized. These results clearly show an oversupply of nurses is something to be expected by 2015 if the present productivity index remains constant. However, dissatisfaction with the current productivity index has been expressed by both the patients and nurses sides. Overview of Nursing Workforce Situation in South Korea and UK.
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