Health Care Access & Coverage

What Happened to the Nursing Workforce?

A Conversation with David Benton, PhD, RN, Bianca Frogner, PhD, Gopi Shah Goda, PhD, Karen Lasater, PhD, RN, moderated by Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET December 1, 2023 Virtual Event

The health care workforce is facing labor shortages in multiple professions. The shortage of nurses is particularly acute. Multiple causes have been blamed for the nurse shortage including, burnout, uneven distribution, demographic shifts and the rise of travel and agency nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the threat of pandemic has eased, and the shortage persists. Join Penn LDI and a panel of experts to dive into this multifaceted issue to explore how stakeholders, including policymakers, health care organizations, and educational institutions might work together to solve it.



David Benton

David Benton, PhD, RN

Chief Executive Officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Bianca Frogner

Bianca Frogner, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Director, Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington

Gopi Shah Goda

Gopi Shah Goda, PhD

Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Stanford University

Karen Lasater

Karen Lasater, PhD, RN

Associate Professor, Penn Nursing; Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

Rachel M. Werner

Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD (moderator)

Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, Wharton School; Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine