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Nurse Shortage: “Silver Tsunami” Predicted as Nurses Retire

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 2nd, 2015

Nursing is bracing for what’s being called a “silver tsunami” as Baby Boomers retire. Additionally, many other nurses are leaving out of frustration. Why? They don’t feel they’re making enough of a difference for their patients.

nurse shortage A 2011 study found that more than 20 percent of nurses who provide direct patient care expressed job dissatisfaction.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 526,800 more nurses will be needed by 2022 — an increase of 19.4 percent from 2012 — to help keep up with patient growth and replace those who leave.

To learn how to recruit nurses, retain nurses, and create a positive nursing environment that gets nurses to sign on and stay on, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

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