The nursing profession in the United States is approaching the perfect storm. The current shortage of qualified nurses is only going to intensify over the next few years as more and more baby boomers head into retirement.
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Hollywood, FL (PRWEB) March 13, 2014
iSuperLearn (http://www.iSuperLearn.com), the leading online review system for medical professionals, is offering their expert opinion on the forecasted nurse shortage in the U.S. and the push by American nurse unions for nurse-patient ratio legislation.
“The U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of registered nurses that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows,” says Dr. Jerald La Rose, founder of iSuperLearn. “Between 1946 and 1964, approximately 77 million Americans were born into the baby boomer generation. On January 1, 2011, the first wave of baby boomers began celebrating their 65th birthdays, and for the next 15-plus years, 10,000 will be retiring each day.”
This is one reason why registered nursing is expected to be the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2022. Between 2010 and 2020, the demand for nurses will grow from 2.74 million to 3.45 million, an increase of 26%. This is in addition to the 495,000 replacements needed in the nursing workforce, bringing the nursing openings to 1.2 million. (Source: “Fact Sheet,” American Association of Colleges of Nursing web site, January 21, 2014; http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-shortage.)
Dr. La Rose explains that compounding the need for more registered nurses are the nurses’ unions across the U.S. lobbying for legislation regarding the nurse-patient ratio. The nurses’ unions argue that lower patient-to-nurse ratios improve quality patient care, but Medicare regulations do not stipulate a nurse-to-patient ratio; instead, they require hospitals to maintain an adequate number of licensed registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other personnel to provide nursing care to all patients as needed. Unfortunately, the subjective nature of a word such as “adequate” means individual states can regulate their own staffing numbers. (Source McDonagh, M. L., “Nurse Unions Continue To Push For Nurse-Patient Ratio Legislation,” Mondaq web site, February 21, 2014; http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/294700/Healthcare/Nurse+Unions+Continue+To+Push+For+NursePatient+Ratio+Legislation.)
“The nursing profession in the United States is approaching the perfect storm. The current shortage of qualified nurses is only going to intensify over the next few years as more and more baby boomers head into retirement,” Dr. La Rose observes. “At the same time, there is a concerted effort to legislate a lower nurse-to-patient ratio. And finally, as nursing schools across the country struggle to meet the rising demand for nurses, the pass rate at the National Board examinations has been on the decline.”
Dr. La Rose concludes by saying that those looking to become registered nurses and need additional help passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) should consider iSuperLearn.
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