There have been several news stories in the past few years that discuss the possibility of a nursing shortage in the near future. One of the primary reasons is the aging of America, the Baby Boomer generation is retiring at an estimated rate of 10,000 a day. Many people who retire have an increased need for medical care and they also become eligible for Medicare ( It seems everyone is against government run healthcare, until they turn 65!). With the aging of the population, there is also an aging of the nursing workforce who will also be retiring. There is also a shortage of faculty to teach prospective nurses.
Think about these facts. An increased need and access, combined with a decreasing number of nurses and not enough qualified personnel to teach new nurses. The respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that by 2025, the United States will have 260,000 open positions for professional nurses!
Although, this is a national crisis, it is also an opportunity for the motivated individual. Whether you are thinking of a second career or just starting a career, nursing will provide a vast opportunity. Considering the laws of supply and demand, a shortage of 260,000 professional nurses will mean the prepared, well educated nurse will have an abundance of well paying opportunities.
So what to do now? If your sincere about earning your RN, than peruse this and other sites (like discovernursing.com) and start the process of going to a decent nursing school. Prepare for the upcoming opportunity by making a plan and sticking to your plan. Believe me, it is worth it!
However, you do not have to be a nurse to take advantage of this upcoming shortage!
My next post will list the top opportunities for the non-nurse in the nursing shortage.