Enrollment in four-year nursing programs increased nearly 6% in 2020, to 250,856, according to a study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. By 2022, there will be more registered nursing (RN) jobs than any other profession in the United States, according to the American Nurses Association. These are positive signs, but today’s nursing shortages that were announced in 2012 are more urgent today than at any time in American history and show no signs of abating.
The demand for registered nurses is expected to increase by 12% from 2018 to 2028, according to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This percentage is almost double that of the expected growth in all occupations, which the BLS predicts to be 7%. The nursing shortage is felt most severely in rural parts of the United States, where access to health care is more limited overall for patients and where average salaries may be lower for nursing professionals. health.
NursingEducation analyzed data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank non-metropolitan areas based on employment opportunities for registered nurses. The regions are classified according to the location quotient and the number of jobs available compared to the national average. A score greater than 1 indicates that the region has a higher concentration of RNs than the national average. The employment per 1,000 jobs was used as the cut-off criterion. This analysis does not focus on nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and other specialized nursing professions, although there is a significant demand for specialists today.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in August that it would distribute $ 8.5 billion in US bailout funding this summer to help compensate healthcare providers serving patients on the plan Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s health insurance in rural communities for lost income and increased expenses related to the coronavirus. In addition, the HHS is allocating $ 52 million from the US bailout to train rural health care providers, including nurses.
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