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Nursing Workforce Shortage

Introduction

As advancement in technology and healthcare are improving people in America are

living longer. It is estimated that the U.S. population of older adults who will turn 65 will

double between 2000 and 2030 (Cochrane, Belza, & Brown, 2008). Compared to younger

adults older patients are more frail and they have more complex health issues causing them to

utilize healthcare more. With a growing population of baby boomers there is a high demand for

nursing care. Nursing care is the most important because nurses provide the highest number of

preventative and curative patient care (Oulton, 2006). However, a growing problem of nursing

shortage will put older adult care in great jeopardy. A higher demand for nurses are needed

to take care of the older generation, but issues such as aging nursing staff, unfavorable work

environment, and lack of access to continue education are decreasing supply of nurses. Another

important factor affecting older adult care is a decrease supply of nurses who have knowledge or

specialty in geriatric care. As the nurs…

 

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