According to the American Nurses Association’s estimates, the number of registered nurse jobs will rise higher than those in other professions from 2018 to 2022. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed in 2018 projections that nursing employment will keep growing by 15%.
These numbers suggest that there is no better time to have a healthcare career in Dolton, Illinois. And yet, many healthcare providers are still struggling to meet the ballooning need for direct patient care across the nation. Here are three big reasons why:
- An Aging Population
According to researchers Lisa Haddad and Tammy Toney-Butler of the East Tennessee State University, the US population is aging as a whole. The number of retirement-age persons in the country is at an all-time high at 71 million compared to 41 million in 2011.
- An Aging Workforce
In the same vein, the nursing workforce is also aging. Approximately 1 million nurses are above the age of 50. This means that the workforce will lose a third of its number in the next 10 to 15 years. The number of nursing faculty members also drops as more and more educators retire, limiting the number of students who can successfully graduate from healthcare training.
- Workplace Violence and Abuse
Significant strides have yet to be made to enhance the security and safety of nurses. A Polish study conducted between 2008 to 2009 revealed that nurses are the most vulnerable to aggression in a healthcare setting, usually in the form of verbal abuse. The World Health Organization estimates that around 38% of nurses in the world suffer from various forms of violence.
These sobering facts only enhance the passion of Adonis College of Nursing to train the next generation of nursing professionals. Through our educational programs, we hope to address the nursing crisis while advocating for the betterment of nurse-patient relations in the modern healthcare field.