A MedBest Senior Care Article in Provider Magazine
Provider Magazine Features MedBest Article, As Nursing Shortage Looms, Policymakers Step In.
Nurses are a critical part of health care and make up a large section of the health profession, including the senior living sector. According to the World Health Statistics Report, there are approximately 3.9 million nurses in the U.S. and it is estimated that 1.2 million additional nurses will be needed by 2020. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), a national organization representing 4 million nurses in all 50 states and U.S. territories, there will be more registered nurse (RN) jobs available through 2022 than any other profession in this country.
However, many of those positions will remain vacant. It’s no secret that the U.S. is facing a serious nursing shortage. Many senior living communities are already experiencing it in the form of fierce competition when communities adding nursing staff. Such competition is especially present with during vacancies of nurse leader positions.