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NURSING SHORTAGE
(2007-03-12)
(wgvu) - IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE TO THE MEDICAL FIELD THAT THE NATION FACES A CRITICAL DEMAND FOR NURSES IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
ACCORDING TO ONE SOURCE, MICHIGAN WILL BE SHORT AS MANY AS SEVEN THOUSAND NURSES IN JUST THE NEXT THREE YEARS. BY 2015, THAT NUMBER COULD MORE THAN DOUBLE, IN NO SMALL PART TO THE INCREASED CARE NEEDS OF THE AGING BABY BOOM GENERATION. DR. PHYLLIS GENDLER IS DEAN OF GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY'S KIRKHOF COLLEGE OF NURSING. SHE'S BEEN WATCHING THE SITUATION VERY CAREFULLY, AND OBSERVES THE PROBLEM IS MULTI FACETED MORE AND MORE NURSES HITTING RETIREMENT AGE; FEWER YOUNG PEOPLE COMING INTO THE PROFESSION---AND A CHANGE IN THE ROLES NURSES PLAY TODAY COMPARED TO BACK 30 OR 40 YEARS AGO. CARE IS MORE COMPLEX, MORE CARE-GIVERS, AND MORE COMPLEX COMMUNICATION NEEDS. GENDLER SUPPORTS GOVERNOR GRANHOLM'S IDEA OF A MICHIGAN NURSING CORPS, A 3 YEAR, $45 MILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO TRAIN 500 MORE INSTRUCTORS TO HELP GRADUATE 3,000 ADDITIONAL NURSES. NATIONAL LABOR EXPERTS HAVE PEGGED NURSING AS ONE OF THE HOTTEST GROWTH INDUSTRIES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS.
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