The Problem Of The Nursing Shortage Essay

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The nursing shortage that is currently plaguing the United States (U.S.) and is projected to worsen has been a discussion amongst healthcare professionals since the early 1930s (Whelan, 2015). Although the topic has been of discussion, an adequate solution to the problem has yet to be proposed that encompasses the complexities of the shortage including the increasing age of working nurses and the shortage of nurse educators that affects enrollment in nursing programs from entry-level to doctoral programs. Rose Gonzalez, Director of Government Affairs at the American Nurses Association (ANA), recognizes that more than one million of the United States’ 2.6 million working nurses are over the age of 50, and more than 275,000 are over the age of 60 (American Nurses Association, 2014a). In addition, Gonzalez states that by 2020, the number of nursing educators required to teach the growing field of nurses will reach 91,800, which means an addition of 34,200 more educators (American Nurses Association, 2014a). The amount of vacancies in nursing faculty positions across the U.S. were responsible for turning away 78,089 eligible applicants to nursing schools in 2013 alone (American Nurses Association, 2014a).

In order to counteract the aging nursing work force, increase the number of nurse faculty and increase enrollment throughout all levels of nursing education, the U.S. needs to continue to address this issue through financial support including incentives from entry-level…

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