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Aging Population Causing Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 29th, 2016

The prospect of a national nursing shortage is alarming. Due to an aging population, the rising incidence of chronic disease, an aging nursing workforce, and the limited capacity of nursing schools, this shortage is on the brink of crisis.

America’s 3 million nurses make up the largest segment of the health-care workforce in America and nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations. But the demand is outpacing supply. By 2022, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects, there will be more than a million job openings for nurses, a deficit twice as large any in the past 50 years.

The primary driving force is the aging of the Baby Boomers. Today, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than at any other time in U.S. history. And in 15 years one in 5 Americans will be a Senior Citizen. In 2050, an estimated 88.5 million people  will be 65 and older!

And the need for health-care services will soar. About 80 % of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and 68% have at least two, creating the perfect storm driving demand for nurses.

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