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Calling all aspiring nurses! Nursing demands are on the rise!

    There are many reasons to love the nursing profession, and perhaps that is why so many nurses make it a lifelong career. While it may appear that nurses have a mindset of “once a nurse, always a nurse”, they too must retire at some point. It is no secret that there is national nursing shortage which impacts our local communities.  As the shortage continues to rise, the trend of an aging population in the U.S. coupled with the rate of nurse retirees will create numerous positions to fill.

    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et. al. (2014), nurses make up the single largest health profession in the United States, performing a variety of duties that make them critical to the delivery of health care services across many different settings. Despite nurses accounting for such a large a portion of the health care industry, the demand for nurses is currently outpacing the supply of nurses available. An estimated 1.2 million vacancies for registered nurses will emerge between 2014 and 2022, and by 2025 the gap is expected to be more than twice as large as any nursing shortage experienced since the mid-1960s (Grant, 2016).

    Why is this nursing shortage occurring? There are several reasons. The first is the age of the current nursing workforce. According to research done by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2014), 55% of the RN workforce is age 50 or older with a projection that more than 1 million nurses will reach retirement age in the next 5-10 years.

    The changing demographics in the United States is also a factor for the nursing shortage.  Grant (2016) points out that as the Baby Boomer generation ages, there are more Americans over the age of 65 at than any other time in history. Additionally, between 2010 and 2030, the population of senior citizens will increase with one in five Americans being a senior citizen. This will likely cause the demand for health care services to soar – causing an even larger demand for registered nurses to fill these needs.

   How does the nursing shortage affect you? If you are considering nursing as a career, now is a great time to pursue your nursing education. With the demand continuing, more and more job opportunities may become available. The sooner you have your nursing license, the sooner you can start your nursing career! Already a Practical Nurse? Now may be an excellent time to continue your journey and advance to become an RN. Nurses from all levels are needed. No matter where you are in your nursing journey, now is the time to shine! Your community needs you!

To learn more about how you can become a nurse or how you can further your nursing education, check out our nursing programs at a campus near you!



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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Center for Health Workforce Analyses. (2014). The future of the nursing workforce: National- and state-level projections, 2012-2015. Retreived from



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