The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of Registered Nurses (RNs) is expected to grow 23 percent between 2006 and 2016 with 587,000 new jobs. These new jobs will be driven in part by advances in patient care, an increased emphasis on preventive care and an aging population. However, nursing shortage statistics show that there will not be enough RNs to fill these positions.
A number of factors have contributed to the rising number of vacant nursing positions. The main reasons seem to revolve around the:
Health care experts have proposed a number of different solutions to the nursing shortage. However, not just one solution will be enough to fix the problem; a solution will most likely require changes across the board.
Some of the solutions that have been proposed are: