Patients should prepare for fewer nurses

NASHVILLE, March 28 (UPI) -- Patients should brace for a severe shortage of nurses, which could reach 500,000 by 2025, U.S. health researchers said.

Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Douglas Staiger of Dartmouth University and David Auerbach of the Congressional Budget Office said the demand for registered nurses is expected to continue to grow at 2 percent to 3 percent per year.

The supply of registered nurses is expected to grow very little as large numbers of nurses begin to retire or leave work.

Full story: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Health/2008/03/28/patients_should_prepare_for_fewer_nurses/1560/

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