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Nurse Retention and Nurse Recruitment: Yes, There is a Nursing Shortage!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 20th, 2014

Forward thinking hospitals are providing better training for new graduates to fill expected vacancies in the next decade, as well as helping them stay in the profession long-term. Both of these strategies call for increased nurse retention and nurse recruitment.

nursing shortage This movement is a result of the 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine on the Future of Nursing. The report projected a nursing shortage as a large number of older nurses begin to retire. The expected shortage was delayed when many nurses who had been out of the workforce returned to help offset lost income in the household. Some new graduates have had trouble finding jobs. However, a shortage is looming in the next decade.

More than 1 million registered nurses will reach retirement age in the next 10 to 15 years. As a result, demand for nurses is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of registered nurses will increase 19% from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

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