AONL Press Releases

Statement from the Tri-Council on New York Times article "Nursing Is in Crisis: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk"


Aug. 31, 2021

The August 21 New York Times article “Nursing Is in Crisis: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk” details the critical staffing issues raised by health leaders, organizations and academia. The burden of caring for COVID-19 patients and their communities has taken a heavy physical and emotional toll on health care workers, leaving many suffering from trauma, burnout, and increased health challenges.

The Tri-Council for Nursing, shares these concerns and calls for all eligible individuals to be vaccinated and masked to stem the tide of this surge.

For patients, health care workers are often the difference between life and death. During this pandemic, they remain on the front lines risking their own health and wellbeing in the process. It is imperative we do all we can to support them in this fight.

Deborah Trautman, president & CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Loressa Cole, CEO, American Nurses Association, Robyn Begley, CEO, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, David Benton, CEO, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Beverly Malone, president & CEO, National League for Nursing

About the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing nearly 840 schools of nursing, more than 50,000 nurse faculty, and more than 560,000 nursing students nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Learn more at

About the American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4.2 million registered nurses. ANA advances the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit

About the American Organization for Nursing Leadership
As the national professional organization of more than 10,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. Our membership encompasses nurse leaders working in hospitals, health systems, academia and other care settings across the care continuum. Since 1967, the organization has led the field of nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that advances nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit

Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world. NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are three exam user members. There are also 27 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories. Mission: NCSBN empowers and supports nursing regulators in their mandate to protect the public.

About the NLN
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at