Nursing Shortage Reaching High Point

The nursing shortage is expected to reach over one million by the year 2022. Locally nursing administrators tell us some systems have 15 nursing openings at any given time.

The reason is that during the economic downturn of 2008 we saw a lot of nurses put retirement off until finances stabilized. Now that the economy has turned around, many nurses of the baby boomer generation have decided it's time to retire leaving an entire generation of nursing to fill.

Dr. Trevor Bates is the Vice President for Academic Affairs for Mercy College. He says "The nursing programs are the largest of the college. They have now increased the Fall class size from 64 to 96 students which is a 33% increase." Mercy also has evening and weekend classes to attract and accommodate people who are transitioning from other careers.