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Georgetown Survey Determines Nursing Shortages and Surpluses for the Coming Years

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:44 PM

According to a new study by the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Services, the east and west coasts of the United States will experience sharp nursing shortages by 2025. However, states in the middle of the country will produce a surplus of nurses.

The survey used data from "The Future of the Nursing Workforce: National- and State-Level Projections, 2012-2025” to determine the nursing shortage or surpluses in each state for the future.

Nurses will play a vital role in developing the ever-evolving health care industry in the United States.

According to a report by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the number of NPs is expected to increase by 30 percent to 72,100 by 2020.

Arizona will face the biggest shortage of nurses by 2025, resulting in a shortage of 28,100 nurses in which the state will need. In addition, Colorado and North Carolina will each need 12,900 more nurses by 2025. Following those states, Nevada and Washington will be 7800 and 7000 short, respectively.

Maryland is projected to have a nurse shortfall of 12,100.

The following states are expected to face nurse shortfalls from largest to smallest:
Georgia, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Alaska, Rhode Island, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and Hawaii.

On the flip-side, several states are projected to experience a surplus of nurses in the next decade. Ohio is calculated to have a total of 75,400 more nurses than it will need.

The following states will also experience nursing surpluses:
Pennsylvania (+25,800), New York (+23,400), Iowa (+21,300), New Jersey (+20,900) and Indiana (+20,200).

According to the report, the following states will have nursing surpluses of at least 15,000 by 2015:
Virginia, Minnesota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky Tennessee and Arkansas.

In addition, the following states will produce the most nurses overall by 2025:
California, Texas, New York, Florida and Ohio.

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