Hello and welcome to Part 5 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!
In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the previous articles listed here in order:
Today we are discussing the job outlook for nursing over the next several years!
It is well known that the health care industry is reporting a severe shortage of nurses. If that is true, then why is it hard for some nurses to find jobs?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 2.7 million working nurses in America. Amazing! Between 2012 and 2022 it is estimated that over 526,000 more nurses will be needed. Why?
Our population is aging! People are living to be older and older thanks to modern medicine. Since people are living to be older, they tend to have more health problems and require more time in the hospital. This means more nurses are needed to care for them.
The baby boomers are retiring! The gigantic generation of baby boomers are retiring from nursing. Not only does this mean that more spots will open up in nursing due to retirees, but with such a large generation of people becoming seniors it is inevitable that the population in hospitals will go up.
By The Numbers
- Between 2012 and 2022 nursing will grow 19% (faster than the average industry)
- An extra 526,800 nursing positions will need to be filled.
- With the large amount of nurses retiring, another another 525,000 positions will need to be filled to replace them
- This brings the total to well over 1,000,000 nursing positions needing to be filled from 2012-2022.
- Over 50,000 positions for nurse anesthetists, midwives, and nurse practitioners are expected to open up by 2022
- This is a 31% increase from 2012!
So Why Do Nurses Struggle to Find Jobs?
It often depends on your geographical location. It has been shown that nurses in the South typically find jobs easier than nurses in the Northeast. A lot of this has to due with the recent recession our country was in and how different areas have recovered at different rates. Another reason is because the population is more dense in the Northeast, therefore there is more competition for each job.
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