Book predicts spike in RN retirements will fuel shortage

06/17/2009 |

A new book on nursing work force trends predicts an increasing number of nurses will begin to retire around the year 2015 and by 2020 about 285,000 additional nurses will be needed to meet the needs of an aging U.S. population. The authors say the shortage will affect access to care in hospitals, nursing homes and even physician offices. Expanding nursing education opportunities is a short-term strategy that could help ease the shortage, and opening the field to men and Hispanics should be a long-term goal, the authors said.

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