Even though the economy has picked up and the U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2008, the healthcare community is still experiencing a shortage of RNs that is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for healthcare grows.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is working with colleges, policy makers, nursing organizations, and the media to bring attention to the nursing shortage. AACN is also working to identify strategies to address this important issue.
According to AACN, there are several indicators that contribute to the current and projected nursing shortage, including:
- RN is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2022, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022, released in December 2013. The number of RN jobs is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 526,800 or 19%.
Job-seeking RNs can be wooed to the nation's leading hospitals that offer great benefits. Some of the benefits nurses say they are looking for include job autonomy, support from management, work-life balance, competitive salary, technology in the workplace, no-contribution health and prescription drug plans, wellness programs, and generous paid time off.
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