Nursing News: Baby Boomers Entering Medicare, Adding to Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 9th, 2012

Last year, the first of 79 million baby boomers entered the U.S. Medicare system, bringing with them chronic health problems and high health care expectations. Older Americans require far more health services than their younger counterparts, making the current nursing shortage critical. And as health care reform is enacted and millions of previously uninsured enter the system and while the U.S. population continues to expand, the nursing shortage will only become more urgent.

Without more nurse educators, that nursing shortage is even grimmer. Last year, more than 75,000 qualified nursing applicants were turned away from nursing schools across the country, in large part because school administrators were unable to fill vacant nursing faculty positions. In fact, this fall many schools will not know until the week before classes whether they will have enough faculty. Searches for deans can last for years and currently there are 64 open dean positions.

Ironically, the need for nurses comes at a time when nurses are required to make more independent, critical judgments about care. The nursing shortage is not related to a technical skills gap, but is related to a gap of professional nurses.

Do you know someone who would make a great nursing instructor? Can you help recruit nurses to teach? It’s up to all of us to end the nursing shortage.

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