The U.S. will need to produce 1.1 million new RNs by 2022 to fill newly created jobs and replace retirees, according to the American Nurses Association, which is recommending specific actions to ensure a sufficient nursing workforce to meet the demand.
Were seeing mixed signals today in the nurse employment market, ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, said in a news release. There have been layoffs by some hospitals at the same time that registered nurse ranks as the most advertised position nationwide. But it would be a big mistake to ignore the reality of an aging population coupled with a graying nursing workforce. It is essential that we take common sense actions to plan for and invest in the next generations of nurses.
The ANA is advocating a multi-pronged plan to ensure a sufficient number of nurses, which includes the following recommendations:
Increase federal funding for the Nurse Training Act, aka Title VIII, by 12% for 2015.
Bolster nursing education by developing and recruiting more nursing professors and ensuring an adequate number of clinical training sites for nursing students. To meet the needs for new nurses, nursing schools must increase capacity and replace an aging faculty workforce, and increase incentives to teach the next generation of RNs. About 80,000 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing programs in 2012, largely due to a shortage of faculty, according to the release.
Highlight the importance of the transition from education to practice for the nursing workforce.
For more information, visit the ANA website at www.NursingWorld.org.