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Nursing Shortage: The Challenges Continues…
Within the first two decades of the 21st century, the United States population is projected to grow at least 18 percent and the population age 65 and older will increase at three times that rate.
Meeting the demand for registered nurses (RNs) that an aging population will require will be a challenge. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated that the United States was living through a shortfall of 111,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) RNs in 2000 and projected that this figure will grow to 275,000 by 2010. That imbalance will nearly triple in the subsequent decade, reaching a shortfall of 800,000 FTE registered nurses by 2020.
The survey revealed several causes adding up to the nursing shortage:
Aging of RNs
Expanded career choices for women
Low supply of RNS
@ Medical Workforce Inc. 2006