Nursing Shortage Despite High Unemployment Rates

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 2nd, 2010

At a time when nearly 10% of the country’s population is unemployed, it may seem unbelievable that the country is experiencing a shortage of  nurses.  Statistics vary, but I just read a study by the Health and Human Services Administration predicts a shortage of more than 400,000 nurses in the coming year, and potentially more than 1 million in 2020.

With an average salary of $57,000 and an anticipated growth in employment of 23 percent by 2016 (as quoted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) how can we be experiencing a shortage of potential nurses during the largest economic recession since the great depression?

One of the major causes of the nursing shortage is the lack of educators within the healthcare field. The National League for Nursing reports more than 99,000 prospective nursing students being turned away in 2008 alone.

The average age of PhD nursing professors at 59-years-old, the age of associate professors at 56 and assistant professors at 51.

We need to recruit nurses to be teachers. Who do you know who would be a great instructor?

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