The shortage of healthcare professionals is a large growing deficit in the United States and elsewhere worldwide. Nurses and Associated Nursing Professionals are in continued demand to meet an ever aging population. Multiple city-wide and statewide shortages have stimulated multiple creative opportunities for education and health systems to try and cover the gap.
The shortage has been a public recurrent broadcast in certain countries like the United Kingdom. The BBC reports that the nursing shortage is currently 1/10 positions unfulfilled. See the figure below:
- 1 in 10 nurse posts in England unfilled
- 29% of nurses are aged over 50
- 13% of nurses come from overseas
Source: Institute for Employment Studies
Major cities in the U.S. such as Atlanta are also feeling the hit of the shortage. In a 20-mile radius of Macon County –a suburb of Atlanta, GA- there are 1,059 openings for registered nurses. Fewer than 100 nurses are registered for nursing in Macon County currently.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor has indicated there will be a 16% increase in the number of registered nurses (R.N.’s) by 2024.
In the most shocking estimates, an Institute of Medicine report estimates a shortage of 3 million registered nurses by 2020.
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