The nursing shortage is estimated at 2,500 in the metropolitan Chicago area… and is expected to increase to 21,000 nurses statewide by 2020.
According to Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, the shortage of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to increase. Despite a recent strengthening of the RN workforce, the U.S. will have to prepare for an aging population of RNs over the next 20 years as the size of the workforce shrinks due to large numbers of RNs retiring.
The workforce shortage is caused largely by the aging and growing population; a shortage of educators; and a lack of physical space in which to educate health care professionals. One study showed that 55 percent of nurses plan to retire between 2011 and 2020. (SOURCE:MCHC)
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