Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N.
Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., is professor in the College of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University. As a nurse and a healthcare economist, he is well known for his studies and publications focused on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States. Before coming to Montana State University, Dr. Buerhaus was the Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University, and assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Buerhaus maintains an active research program involving studies on the economics of the nursing workforce, forecasting nurse and physician supply, developing and testing measures of hospital quality of care, determining public and provider opinions on issues involving the delivery of health care, and assessing the quantity and quality of health care provided by nurse practitioners. Five of his more than 135 publications are designated as “Classics” by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network and he is co-author of the 2008 book The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States: Data, Trends, and Implications. He has editorial responsibilities with many peer reviewed health services research and nursing journals, and has advised policy makers and legislators on nursing workforce policy.
He is a member of the National Academies of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research, National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Nursing Quality Performance Measures, Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International, and The Joint Commission’s Nursing Advisory Committee, AcademyHealth, and the Bozeman Deaconess Health System. He was an advisor for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s health care workforce initiative, and served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Graduate Medical Education Governance and Transparency. Dr. Buerhaus earned his baccalaureate degree in nursing from Mankato State University, a master’s degree in nursing health services administration from The University of Michigan, master’s degree in community health nursing from Wayne State University, a doctoral degree from at Wayne State University. Dr. Buerhaus has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland and from Loyola University (Chicago). In 2010, Dr. Buerhaus was appointed Chair of the National Health Workforce Commission that was established under The Affordable Care Act. Among other responsibilities, the Commission (once funded) will provide advice to the Congress and to the President on national health care workforce policy.