The United States is
in the midst of a nursing shortage. This
is expected to intensify as baby boomers
age and the need for healthcare grows. Compounding
the problem is the fact that the pipeline
of new nurses is shrinking and a significant
part of the current nursing workforce is
planning to leave the profession.
1 million new and replacement nurses
will be needed by 2010.
Current and Projected Shortage
- 44 states plus the District of Columbia
are projected to have a shortage of registered
nurses by the year 2020.
- More than one million new and replacement
nurses will be needed by 2010. The U.S.
Department of Labor projects a 21% increase
in the need for nurses nationwide from
1998 to 2008, compared with a 14% increase
for all other occupations.
- The number of first time U.S. educated
nursing school graduates who sat for the
NCLEX-RN, decreased by 28.7% from 1995-2001,
a decrease of 27,679 student graduates.
- 126,000 nurses are needed now to fill
vacancies at our nation's hospitals. Today,
fully 75% of all hospital vacancies are
- The U.S. will experience a 20% shortage
in the number of nurses needed in our
nation's healthcare system by the year
2020, a shortage of more than 400,000
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