The development of faculty is a crucial step in nourishing the pipeline for tomorrow’s nurses. The United States is facing what could be a severe nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows through the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing colleges and universities across the country are struggling to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand for nursing care, while managing the retirement of many long-term faculty.
On March 9, 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that job growth in the healthcare sector was outpacing the growth realized in 2011, accounting for one out of every 5 new jobs created this year. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, RNs likely will be recruited to fill many of these new positions. www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2010-2020 released in February 2012, the Registered Nursing workforce is the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020. It is expected that the number of employed nurses will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020, an increase of 712,000 or 26%. The projections further explain the need for 495,500 replacements in the nursing workforce bringing the total number of job opening for nurses due to growth and replacements to 1.2 million by 2020. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t06.htm
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (INWD) “Hoosiers by the Numbers” (2012) 57,312 registered nurses (RN) were employed in Indiana in 2010. INWD predicts that the number of RNs employed in Indiana RNs will grow to 70,110 by 2018, a 22.1% increase. Similar growth is predicted for employed LPNs.