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Unformatted text preview: occupations expected to have significant growth in the future, the current workforce is
aging—in 2008, approximately one-third of RNs
were at or near retirement age (55 years of age or
older). Forecasts of the timing and extent of an
RN shortage vary, but recent national supply and
demand analyses predict a deficiency beginning
in 2018 that could climb to a shortage of about
260,000 RNs by 2025, according to a study that
was published in Health Affairs. In spite of this
projected shortage, the recent recession appears to
have caused a temporary reduction in the number
of RN vacancies due to cuts to nursing staff and
About 65% of NPs specialize in primary care. The
NP occupation is the fastest-growing segment of
primary care providers nationally, but, like physicians and RNs, they are aging as well. Almost 40%
of NPs are 55 or older. In contrast, nearly half of
the population received their education in the last
10 years, likely associated with the growing popularity of this occupation.
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