About Nursing Today

Everyone's heard about the nursing shortage. As a media topic, it sometimes seems to rank right up there with global warming. The news reports are true.

  • While there are more than 2.7 million nurses in the workforce today, the nation will need 700,000 new registered nurses by 2014

  • The number of male registered nurses employed in the U.S. is now approaching 10% but more are needed as other careers beckon women

  • In 2004, only 9% of RNs were under age 30

  • The median age of nurse faculty is 51

  • In 2000-2001, nursing schools turned away 5,823 qualified applicants across the United States due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints.

What the news media hasn't adequately reported, however, is what the data means in terms of opportunity for people looking for flexible, varied and challenging careers. Not only is the need growing rapidly for nurses in hospitals and other clinical settings, but the field is also growing with an expanded view of what nurses can and should do. Find out more by reading Why Choose Nursing and Why Pursue an Advanced Degree and visiting some of the sites listed in our Online Resources section.

Take a look at URNursing, a biannual publication of the University of Rochester School of Nursing that features initiatives conducted by our faculty.

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