Overcoming The Nursing Crisis [Infographic]

The United States faces an unprecedented shortage of healthcare professionals. Registered Nurses are in high demand but the hole in our health care system is getting deeper.

Demand for registered nurses is at an all-time high, but the nursing workforce is aging and preparing to move into retirement. At the same time, fewer students are enrolling in nursing programs, as well as related programs like Master Public Health. For those students looking for the right career move, nursing could be the right way to go. One of the things that many have failed to realize is that nursing is a recession proof job. How so? Well, take for example, in the recent recession the healthcare industry stood alone adding more than 428,000 plus jobs over an 18 month period. It is projected that 581,500 more registered nurses will be required by 2018 which clearly shows there is a demand.

Let’s quick take a peek at some of the states and number of nurses needed in each of those states:

  1. California: 47,600 nurses
  2. Texas: 41,900 nurses
  3. Florida: 32,700 nurses
  4. New York: 21,500 nurses
  5. Pennsylvania: 21,100 nurses

Here’s a salary breakdown for those considering nursing as a career (approx.):

  1. Associate Degree in nursing: $57,446
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing: $65,278
  3. Master of Science in Nursing: $80,465
  4. Advanced Practice RN Board Certified: $100,00

Let’s have a look at this infographic that comes to us from our friends over at Carrington University. If there is anything that is not covered or you find something that is a bit out of loop do let us know. We hope you find this infographic as interesting as we did and hopefully those considering to choose nursing can see why they have decided to choose the right career path.

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  1. This article is misleading, I am a recently graduated RN from a regionally well known nursing program and can tell you that there is NOT a nursing shortage for RNs! It has been over 5 months and I have not even received 1 call back from a job application, and this is true for the majority of my nursing class!

    There is NO shortage of new graduate RN’s as the schools are pumping out too many of them, there are no jobs for new RNs! So in order to address what this article so blatantly gets wrong, let me correct it for you. The nursing shortage is for experienced nurses as every single job I see advertised asks for 3-5yrs exp or minimum 1yr exp and NO new grad eligible to apply! The issue is that instituions, even LTC, DO not want to train new grads!! HENCE THE SHORTAGE! The solution is not to increase nursing programs and get more new nurse grads, but to give incentives for institutions to HIRE MORE than 10 new grads a year for training. Incentives should be put in place for new hires which could reduce the workload on existing nurses and help increase the number of exp nurses to fill the shortage positions. I say let hospitals hire 2 new grads for the price of 1, sort of like a apprentice program,where the new grads supplement the nurses, work with mentors but have smaller work loads, 1/2 salaries and lessen the work load on existing nurses by taking some of their patients, thus increasing the availability of experienced nurses to train new grads as well as have a smaller patient load which has been shown to have better outcomes for patients.

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