Good news/bad news: 3 specialties growing; healthcare reform spells shortage

There’s good news and there’s bad news. Which do you want first? Here’s what happened this week in news for nurses.
Good: reports that three nursing specialties—geriatrics, primary care and informatics—will be in particular demand in the coming years. Demand for geriatrics and primary care stems mainly from the aging baby boomer population as well as the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which gave 30 million additional people options for health care coverage. Informatics, recognized as a specialty in 1994, will become increasingly important as hospitals continue to implement electronic health records.



In related news, a new study finds that the increased access to healthcare will create a shortfall in the necessary number of physicians. The study finds that the physician shortage is already increasing about 1 percent annually, and with more patients with access to healthcare, the number will continue to rise. Additionally, the study notes the U.S. is training fewer physicians per capita every year.


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