6Hester Klopper is the South African partner in the European RN4CAST Consortium, with Belgium, Botswana, China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and The United States of America.  She is also the principal investigator of RN4CAST – nurse forecasting in South Africa (2008-2012).  The overall purpose of the project is to expand typical forecasting models with factors that take into account how features of work environments and qualifications of the nurse workforce impact on nurse retention, productivity and patient outcomes.  The RN4CAST programme consists of four projects: the national nurses survey, patient discharge data, patient satisfaction survey and the organisational survey.  In South Africa, the project is funded by the European Union and Atlantic Philanthropies and specifically aims to establish and validate methodology to forecast in a quantitative and qualitative way the demand and supply of human resources for health care in nursing in South Africa over the next 10 – 30 years, which will allow policy and decision makers to better manage and reform health care systems in view of common challenges within the framework of Southern African Development Countries (SADC).  (http://www.rn4cast.eu/en/about.php)