May 12, 2022

Report: Profession facing shortage of 450,000 nurses by 2025

By: Tarsilla Moura

Editor's Note

According to a McKinsey & Company report, titled “Assessing the lingering impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce” and published on May 11, the nursing profession in the US will be facing a shortage of 200,000 to 450,000 of RNs “available for direct patient care” by 2025, Becker’s Hospital Review May 12 reports.

This deficit will place “great demand on the nurse graduate pipeline over the next three years,” Becker’s notes. The McKinsey report estimates that for every 1% of nurses who leave “direct patient care,” the staffing deficit “worsens by about 30,000 nurses.” To make up for this gap, the country’s nursing profession would need to “more than double the number of graduates entering and staying in the nursing workforce every year for the next three years straight,” the article emphasizes.

However, just finding more students to meet the demand for more nursing graduates may not be sustainable. “There are not enough spots in nursing schools, and there are not enough educators, clinical rotation spots, or mentors for the next generation of nurses," Becker’s quotes the report analysis.

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