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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.

Fact 1:

Registered Nurses account for 2.6 million jobs in the US
By 2020, that number’s expected to swell to 3.2 million.

Fact 2:

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

Fact 3:

By 2020, the US will face a shortage of 800,000 nurses.
Nursing shortage, by year

Fact 4:

An older US population + More nurses retiring = Not enough nurses
Employed nurses under 40

Fact 5:

More new nurses are getting higher degrees.
The education level of RNs entering the workforce


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