State Watch – States Work To Avoid Nurse Shortage by Investing in Education Programs, Improving Hospital Working Conditions

Source: Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, September 24, 2008

More than two-thirds of states have allocated funding to nursing education programs over the past five years in an effort to address a looming nationwide nursing shortage, Stateline.org reports. According to a 2004 report by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. is expected to have a shortage of one million nurses by 2020. Thirty states were experiencing nurse shortages in 2000 and 44 states are projected to have shortages by 2020.

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