Nursing Shortage Looms

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 8th, 2010

The nursing shortage is not new to the nation’s health care industry. We’ve seen several nursing shortages since World War II.

But even with a recent increase in nurses entering the work force, estimates for the next shortfall are significant.

Peter Buerhaus, professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University, wrote in a recent issue of the online medical journal Health Affairs, “Our projections indicate a shortfall of RNs developing around 2018 and growing to about 260,000 by 2025.”

While projections have improved of late, Buerhaus wrote, “The magnitude of the 2025 deficit would still be more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.”

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