Written by Alyssa Walker

The UK isn't the only country facing a nursing crisis. The aging population in the US has exacerbated the need for more nurses. 

With over three million nurses in the US, it is still not enough. The demographic trend of millions of baby boomers aging has created a surging demand and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be at least one million vacancies for registered nurses by 2024.

The current workforce is also in trouble. About a third of the nation's nurses will hit retirement age in the next 13 years or so. That's a lot of nurses -- and a big experience gap. What's worse is that there aren't enough nurses to fill the gap -- in terms of both experience and pure numbers.

There is a bigger problem, too. CNN predicts that by 2025 the US will need to hire a total of 2.3 million healthcare workers, including nurses, physicians, and lab technicians.

In a May 2018 CNN article, Jason Narlock, a senior consultant with healthcare staffing agency Mercer, said, "Few other industries are racing the clock to find a future-ready workforce like today's healthcare administrators."

Narlock added, "When there are fewer nurses available to handle a bigger volume of patients, it adversely affects patient outcomes because of nursing burnout. Patients are more likely to be readmitted after 30 days of first being seen. They can also be at a higher risk of a hospital-acquired infection."

So. What's the US to do? Train more nurses. Fast.

Learn more about studying nursing in the US. 

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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