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Growing Demand for Nursing Personnel amidst Increasing US Nursing Shortage

If you’ve ever visited a hospital or a medical center you would have witnessed that while the doctors diagnose and write the tests and treatment procedures, it is the nurses who take care of everything else; right from running the tests to updating your charts, changing IVs and most importantly they are always there to attend to you, sharing how you feel and beyond everything they even make you laugh to keep your spirits high.

That said, there’s no doubt that without these dedicated professionals our healthcare system would crumble. And, this is precisely the reason why the chronic shortage of nursing personnel facing the healthcare sector in the United States is particularly alarming.

As the largest workforce serving the Healthcare Industry in the United States, there are over 3 million active nurses offering their services. However, that is significantly short of the rising demand for nursing services.

At Vibrant Healthcare Staffing we constantly face a very high demand for both experienced and skilled nurses as well as those starting fresh. Though the sector has recorded consistent growth offering a ton of employment opportunities they are yet to match the highly growing demand for nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 1.2 million jobs will be created during 2014 and 2022 for registered nurses. That is a very big number to match in just a span of 8 years. While there are many reasons that have led to chronic Nursing Shortage, the fact remains that this sector needs a dedicated campaign to get more trained and dedicated nurses to our hospitals and medical centers. And this is where Vibrant Healthcare Staffing is playing a part connecting more and more medical practitioners with top healthcare centers from across the country.

Why Do We Have A Chronic Shortage Of Nurses? With these figures estimating such high demand for nursing staffs, one may very well ask: Why do we have such a chronic shortage of nursing personnel? What went wrong, and so much so that despite many new professionals joining the sector it is getting hard to overcome this impending nursing shortage? Well, the answer is two-fold. We have a very large aging population and also there has been a steep rise in the number of people suffering from chronic diseases.

The Aging Population – Did you know that today in the United States we have the highest number of people above the age of 65 than we have ever had? That’s right, the number of senior citizens and particularly of those that are above 65 today is highest in the entire recorded history of America. The elderlies are those who need the most care and hence, there has been a sharp rise in demand for nursing services and the gap between the demand and supply continues to widen even more. Also, the aging population factor is taking a toll on the profession as most nurses themselves are old and are retiring. Over 1 million registered nurses which are over 30% of the total number of registered nurses in the United States are above the age of 50. They will also be retiring in the next 10-12 years.

Chronic Ailments – There has been a significant rise in the number of people suffering from chronic ailments and hence they require continuous and regular care. In fact, according to a report from the National Council on aging, it is found that 80% of our seniors are suffering from at least one chronic condition and a whopping 68% of them have two chronic conditions. These numbers are critically high

What’s ahead?

The research and statistics find that these numbers will grow and hence, the demand for nursing personnel. According to a research published, just during a span of 10 years between 2020 and 2030, the number of seniors with 65 years or more will increase by 75% and become 69 million. That means this growing demand for nurses is becoming bigger and bigger. That also translates to huge opportunities for those seeking to work as nurses.

Bridging The Gap

Helping both professionals and fresh graduates get better opportunities, and medical centers dedicated and skilled staffs – Vibrant Healthcare Staffing strives to bridge the gap and strengthen the Healthcare sector. Partnering with several medical centers and institutions we help them with their staffing requirements and in order to meet the growing demands we provide best options for professional medical practitioners looking for a new role and opportunity.