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While rns are one of the occupations expected to have

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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 delayed retirements. 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. 76 Employment by Hospi...
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