Here’s a fact: there’s a shortage of nurses—and it’s going to grow in the years ahead. Why? What can be done? Read on to learn more about the state of today’s nursing profession, then share a fact, or two, or five, to help spread the word about the need for nurses.
Registered Nurses account for 2.6 million jobs in the US
By 2020, that number’s expected to swell to 3.2 million.
Nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the US.
22% more nursing jobs expected
Doctors’ offices will need most nurses.
Projected job growth by industry from 2008-2018
By 2020, the US will face a shortage of 800,000 nurses.
Nursing shortage, by year
An older US population + More nurses retiring = Not enough nurses
Employed nurses under 40
More new nurses are getting higher degrees.
The education level of RNs entering the workforce