Study: Nursing shortage expected to soar

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CMS clarifies physician delegation of tasks in skilled nursing facilities
CMS clarifies physician delegation of tasks in skilled nursing facilities

The nursing deficit could reach 500,000 by 2025, a new report finds. 

Demand is expected to grow at 2%-3% per year, according to a new study by Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Douglas Staiger of Dartmouth University, and David Auerbach of the Congressional Budget Office. As the need for nurses continues to rise, the actual supply of nurses will dwindle, the authors said. Many registered nurses are planning to retire in the next few years, which will offset the amount of new recruits.

Authors of the extensive report have laid out their own recommendations to help ease the nursing crunch. Their suggestions include educating more men as registered nurses and reinforcing the pay-for-performance system. Healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, currently are experiencing a nursing shortage that started about 10 years ago. 

The 312-page report is currently available in bookstores and online at www.amazon.com