Nursing Facts

Nursing Now

Here’s a fact: there’s a shortage of nurses—and it’s going to grow in the years ahead. Why? What can be done? Read on to learn more about the state of today’s nursing profession, then share a fact, or two, or five, to help spread the word about the need for nurses.

  • Fact 1:

    Registered Nurses account for 2.6 million jobs in the US

    By 2020, that number’s expected to swell to 3.2 million. Here’s where they work:

  • Fact 2:

    Nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the US.

    22% more nursing jobs expected



  • Doctors’ offices will need the most nurses.

    Projected job growth by industry from 2008-2018



  • Fact 3:

    By 2020, the US will face a shortage of 800,000 nurses.

    Nursing shortage, by year



  • Fact 4:

    An older US population + More nurses retiring = Not enough nurses

    Employed nurses under 40



  • Fact 5:

    More new nurses are getting higher degrees.

    Education level of RNs entering the workforce




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