Nursing News: Nurse Recruitment Needed

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 4th, 2012

The demand for nurses far outweighs the supply, a gap that is expected to grow much larger as nursing schools struggle to keep up with the demand. As this trend continues, nurse recruitment needs to be a key area of focus.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the registered nursing workforce as the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020, with the number of employed nurses rising from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020. In addition to 712,000 new job openings, the department predicted 495,000 replacement hirings, bringing the total number of nursing job openings to 1.2 million by 2020.

However, nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to meet the projected demand. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 because of insufficient numbers of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space and budgets.

What steps can you take to encourage nurses to be instructors? How can you help end the nursing shortage and increase nurse retention?

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