For years we’ve heard about the impending nursing shortage that will rock the healthcare system in our country, but how big is it and what can healthcare employers do to decrease its impact on their operations?
The numbers are startling. From 2014 to 2022, 1.2 million vacancies will emerge throughout the country for Registered Nurses. By 2025, the shortfall is expected to be “more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s,” according to a team of leading nursing researchers at Vanderbilt University. To make matters worse, in the next decade almost 700,000 nurses across the country will retire.
So what can healthcare employers do now to decrease the impact of the nursing shortage reality in the future? Here are 3 actions to take now:
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