Nursing Job Crisis – To Few Nurses
Even during tough economic times, the healthcare industry is facing an unprecedented nursing shortage. As demand for qualified nurses grows, the job opportunities for trained registered nurses will grow as well. Even at the height of the economic recession, the nursing industry added more than 428,000 jobs in an 18-month period. The need is only expected to grow with at least 55 percent of registered nurses planning to retire by 2020. Despite the promising outlook, fewer nursing students are enrolling, partly because schools can’t maintain the staffing levels needed to support high enrollment. By 2020, the nursing shortage is expected to balloon to 1,000,000. To meet the growing demand, the federal government estimates schools throughout the United States will have to graduate 90 percent more nurses.
(Click to enlarge) [Via: Carrington College's Nursing Program]