Ohio Among Top Three States in Need of Nurses

Ohio’s nursing shortage is projected to reach 23,000 by 2020, which is 29 percent of the projected national nurse shortage of 300,000.

Currently, Ohio reports only a 5 percent vacancy rate for RNs, which is below the national averages. This most likely due to the fact that Ohio nursing schools have been focusing on increasing their nurse graduates at the same time that older nurses are putting off retirement, but these trends won’t last long.

According to a report released this month by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, nurses and nurse educators said longer hours, increasing case loads and greater physical demands are all straining the current nurse supply. Not to mention, more than 600 beds are slated to be added to central Ohio’s area hospitals in the coming years, which will increase nurses’ workloads in the area.

Nurse educators are needed as well. Ohio’s nurse faculty shortage is expected to hit 3,600 over the next 10 years. In 2009, The Ohio State University’s nursing school turned away three and a half qualified applicants for every one admitted, and three instructors left for higher paying jobs at the OSU Medical Center.

Looks like the state of Ohio is a good place to be if you’re a nurse staffing agency owner looking for new business!

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