The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has updated their fact sheet about the nursing shortage. As usual, the projections are staggering. There are currently 116,000 vacancies for RNs nationwide, a number which is expected to grow to 500.000 by 2025. In the assessment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is quoted as stating that 587,000 new nursing positions will be created making nursing the fastest growing profession.
On the one hand, the nursing shortage bodes well for the future of travel nursing but what does it say about the future of healthcare in this country? Not only will we not be able to afford to get sick, there won’t be anybody to take care of us when we do.