The economic recession has temporarily ended the state’s shortage of nurses, but not for long.
The shortage could reappear around 2014 when the U.S. healthcare reform act signed into law earlier this year is expected to kick in.
A continuing tight labor market projects for registered nurses for the next three years because of a sluggish economy. Once the major provisions expanding coverage within healthcare reform are enacted in 2014, the shortage is expected to increase rapidly.
The reasons behind the projected shortages are twofold–nurses choosing to leave the field and stunted growth in nursing education due to lack of faculty and clinical space. There is a nationwide shortage of faculty qualified to teach because salaries continue to be an issue.
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