If you’re an RN, LPN, LVN or other nurse assistant and you’re wondering if now would be a good time to further your career with RN certification, a BSN or even an MSN, let us assure you that the answer is YES!
The critical nursing shortage touted over the last few years wasn’t as acute recently due to the recession, primarily for two reasons:
- Nurses who had planned to retire didn’t and stayed in the workforce due to a spouse’s job loss.
- Nurses who already were working part time upped their schedules to full time (often due to the aforementioned spousal loss of employment).
But while the recession mitigated the severity of the nursing shortage, other factors will help make the shortage critical once again relatively soon.
The American Nurses Association three issues will create a nursing shortage in the coming years. They are:
- An aging nursing workforce. The median age for nurses in 2010 was 46 and more than half of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement.
- The aging of the baby boomers. More than 8,000 boomers are turning 65 each day. One needs more medical care with age rather than less and the nation will need more RNs to help care for these seniors.
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) means more people will have health insurance. Which means more people will take advantage of that health insurance and visit physicians for checkups and wellness care. More nurses – as well as other health professionals – will be needed as a result.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Health projects (note it’s not saying it “predicts”), that the country will need 400K new nurses in by 2015 just to fill vacancies left by finally retiring nurses. The Department of Health projects even further to 2020, when it believes the country will be short between 800K and one million (italics ours) new and replacement nurses.
So is 2013 a good time to begin your journey to receive your RN, BSN or even MSN?
Once again, our short answer is: Yes!
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities already are clamoring for experienced RNs who want to work in short-term (13 weeks, on average) travel assignments. If you have at least two years behind you working as a nurse, send your CV/resume to a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing from you.