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Is the Nursing Shortage Easing?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 3rd, 2016

Over a decade ago, experts predicted a nursing shortage of dire proportion. Unexpectedly, enrollment in nursing schools doubled and the crisis was eased. But the need is still great because 1 million nurses are currently over the age of 50.

nursing shortageExpert nursing researcher Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN projects an increase in the RN workforce from about 2.7 million RN FTEs in 2013 to 3.3 million in 2030. But even if nurses continue entering the workforce at the current pace, the supply will not meet the projected demand. By 2025 we will still have a shortage of approximately 130,000 nurses.

We need to care for all nurses, with attention given to those over 50, so they continue in the profession longer. To learn how to teach them SelfCare, and to increase their retention, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.

3 responses to “Is the Nursing Shortage Easing?”

  1. John Parker MS, RN says:

    The cost of retention is far less than that of replacement.

  2. ittyerah tholath says:

    It is a pity that the population is graying very fast. Nurses and doctors are not exempted from the process. Both the dependent population and care givers are graying. And the care givers soon start demanding care for them selves. It is high time to think of an alternative life cycle to the present life cycle of the growing old, invalid and ultimately dyeing after physical and mental sufferings. Can we change the birth and death cycle as it is now? If we try we can change the birth and death cycle. We have changed the life cycle of many other living organisms. Why not change our own?
    Ref;1) Is there an alternative to ageing and death?J.A.G.S. 2010. Vol.58.P.187.
    2)Eye doctor out of the box.ISBN.9781301878284

  3. Anupama Rao says:

    Hmm I really don’t know much. This is a new profession for me,starting very close to that age. Any advice would help in being very effective.

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