A New Kind of Nursing Shortage

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for registered nurses is expected to increase 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. When compared to an 11 percent average growth rate across all other industries, this is good news for certified nurses and current nursing students.

In the United States, the demand for quality health care is only expected to increase. With baby boomers living longer and longer, between 2-3 million new patients will enter into Medicare each year. Additionally, the eight million patients who have already signed up for health care via the Affordable Care Act are expected to increase the demand for nurses as well.

The nurses who entered the profession in the 1970s and have aged into their 60s are now getting ready to retire. Between now and 2022, not only will there be an expected half-million growth in nursing jobs, but another half-million nurses will retire and need to be replaced – opening up about one million new positions for registered nurses.

Although an increase in the demand for nurses is expected to increase, only qualified nurses will be accepted into the field. Entry-level jobs will be more difficult to attain, and an emphasis on experience will be heightened. If you’re interested in becoming a certified nurse, consider CNI College’s Vocational Nursing Program.  The program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible for entry-level positions in the nursing field.