The nursing career continues to be promising, as the shortage in nurses in USA keeps growing. Nursing schools are struggling to keep with the demand, as they need more faculty members and more places that can give students clinical experience. The schools also complaint of insufficient class rooms and budgets to fund the necessary programs.
The shortage is mainly felt for more qualified nurses, with B.Sc. degree, as many of the tasks needed can only be done by nurses with a strong enough academic background.
Read the following report, brought by Kate Mason from Tuscaloosa News:
The demand for nurses far outweighs the supply, a gap that is expected to grow much larger as nursing school enrollment struggles to keep up with demand.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the registered nursing workforce as the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020, with the number of employed nurses rising from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020. In addition to 712,000 new job openings, the department predicted 495,000 replacement hirings, bringing the total number of nursing job openings to 1.2 million by 2020.
However, nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to meet the projected demand for registered nurses. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 because of an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space and budget challenges.