According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is generally an increase in the number of jobs requiring registered nurses. Statistically, a total of 14 states anticipate an annual growth rate of about 20% or even more (Sachs, 2014). 14 of this states, 8 states are in the West and Texas. This states have the lowest concentration of Registered Nurses with less than 0.9 per 100 occupants (Sachs, 2014). Generally, increases in jobs and replacement requirements or needs between the years 2012-2022 are projected to be: (Sachs, 2014)
- Nurse employments are projected to increase from 2.86 million to 3.44 million jobs which translates to around 20.2% (Sachs, 2014).
- The anticipated number of new Registered Nurses jobs is expected to hit 574,400 (Sachs, 2014).
- The current number of Registered Nurses projected to retire or leave the labor force stands at 555,100 (Sachs, 2014).
- The overall number of new Registered Nurses needed (new jobs and replacements) stands at 1.13 million (Sachs, 2014).
It is important to note that this figures comprise both the Registered Nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Additionally, it is also important to note that, the number of new graduates with a nursing degree normally secure a job just a few months after graduating. In the year 2012, the number of qualified candidates turned away from the nursing graduate programs stood at 79,659 (Sachs, 2014). The careers with the most yearly openings in that year was Registered Nurses which ranked first of all jobs needing at least an associate’s degree for entry which roughly stood at 105,260 (Sachs, 2014). However, out of a figure of 105,260, 79,659 candidates were turned away. This means that just a small number was distributed to the entire population (Sachs, 2014).
In summary, what the researcher was trying to reveal is that, there is an underlying health concern in the United States. According to the statistics, there is a notably high number of nurses who are already at the age of retirement. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, National Sample Survey of RNs, by the year 2008, only 29.5% of the total population were below the age of 40 (Sachs, 2014). In addition, the percentage of nursing practitioners practicing full-time nursing faculty at the age of 50 and over was standing at 72% of the total population according to the National Workforce Survey of RNs (Sachs, 2014). Generally, with this kind of trend, there can be a serious health concern which calls for a serious debate on the issue.
Sachs, A. (2014), FAST FACTS the Nursing Workforce 2014: Growth, Salaries, Education, Demographics & Trends. Retrieved from http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ThePracticeofProfessionalNursing/workforce/Fast-Facts-2014-Nursing-Workforce.pdf