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Between an increase of health care needs and the imminent retirement age of approximately 1 million nurses, the nursing shortage is in full swing. However, the RN workforce is expected to grow to 3.2 million by 2024.

Here are three things you need to know about the shortage.

1. The shortage varies by area.

The need for nurses is more significant in certain states such as California and Texas. California is predicted to be short over 44,000 nurses by 2030. Florida and Ohio, on the other hand, have an expected surplus of nurses. For nurses willing to relocate, embracing states most affected by the shortage can mean better pay and job security.

2. Hospitals aren’t the only facilities in need of nurses.

The need for post-acute care is growing in long-term care hospitals, in-patient rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies. The Institute of Medicine projects that an additional 3.5 million long-term care health care workers will be needed by 2030 to maintain the aging U.S. population.

3. We need growth in diversity.

The U.S. is projected to be a majority-minority nation for the first time by 2043 with no one particular minority group being the largest. Today, over 75% of nurses self-identify as Caucasian. Racially-diverse nurses are a tremendous asset to every health care facility because they bridge language and cultural gaps.

The need for passionate nurses who are trained to meet the ever-evolving diverse health care needs is not going away anytime soon. You can be one of the nurses that save and impact patients’ lives. What role will you play in combating the nursing shortage?  

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