Essay on Job Openings For Registered Nurses

1322 Words Oct 6th, 2014 6 Pages
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022 released in December 2013, Job openings for Registered Nurses (RN) is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth within the next ten years. The total number of Registered Nurses is expected to grow from 2.7 million in to 3.2 million, an increase of around 20%. The Bureau also projects the need for 525,000 replacements nurses bringing the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements to 1.05 million by 2022. Across the country, there are approximately 75 million Americans who make up the baby boom generation. Current estimates suggest that up to 3 million of those baby boomers will reach retirement age every year for the next 20 years (Carayon & Gurses, 2009). The baby boomer phenomenon, in combination with new healthcare mandates and an increase in the US population will place an incredible demand on healthcare staff over the next 2 decades. Nursing staff who are already struggling with extraordinary cuts in reimbursements, funding, and salary, will face an even greater challenge in the near future. As the number of qualified caregivers continues to decline, while patient counts are predicted to reach new unprecedented heights, a serious crisis begins to take shape within America’s health care system. The nursing shortage taking place in the US is a problem that requires immediate attention, because as the patient to nurse ratio increases, the risk of medical…

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