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Help End the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 17th, 2009

nursingstudent1When I speak at nurse recruitment and retention events, I’ve often stated that we are expected to be ½ million nurses short within the next ten years. But the news is worse than I thought. According to the 2004 Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Sample Survey on the registered nurse population, the nursing shortage is expected to hit 1 million by 2020.


The next four-year survey will be released in the first quarter of 2010, but many are not waiting to see if the number has risen. Various organizations have been working hard to reverse the trend.


States and hospitals are providing money to send their licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses. Payers, local foundations and companies whose missions are aligned with healthcare access are also making investments to recruit nurses as nursing students.

How can you engage your community and hospital for help end the shortage? I have lots of proven strategies. Contact me.

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