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Will the real nursing shortage please stand up

The hospital nursing shortage as we had come to know and expect has surprisingly trickled to a near halt in the slow economy, according to health policy journal, Health Affairs:

“While we expected an increase in employment, we were surprised by the magnitude and by the shift from non-hospital settings into the hospitals,” says study co-author Peter Buerhaus, a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. “This surge in employment will ease, if not end, the hospital nursing shortage.” (Nashville Business Journal)

According to the same study, however, the real problem looms ahead. Nurses aged 50 and over – soon to be the largest group in the nursing profession – will inevitably create a huge vacuum upon retirement.

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