The number of APRNs practicing in Delaware is growing rapidly, especially after the state implemented full practice authority for nurse practitioners. The 21% growth of the APRN workforce accurately reflects the national projections for enormous growth in the profession. The expanding workforce emerges just as the health care system reports a looming shortage of primary care physicians exacerbated by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act.
The shortage of physicians, especially those in primary care, is not a new concern. … Read the rest
The role and capabilities of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses have expanded in the past decade to the point where they are valued as an integral part of the health care system. Several estimates suggest that there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. Furthermore, the growth of primary care physicians annually was just 1% nationally over the last decade, compared with the 9% growth of APRNs per capita. In an effort to meet growing primary care … Read the rest
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) doesn’t expect the current nursing shortage to let up anytime soon. There are several reasons for the ongoing shortage of nurses to staff the nation’s hospitals, but a lack of students is not one of them. Across the United States, BSN programs have to turn away more than 80,000 students each year due to budget constraints, competition from clinical sites, and aging faculty. So while recruitment campaigns and media advertising have boosted … Read the rest
Demographic shifts, an aging population that needs more care, a poor image of a career in nursing, and competition with other professions all contribute to a nursing crisis in Delaware. According to the Delaware Health Care Commission, the shortage will escalate when experienced nurses of the Baby Boomer generation retire. Nurses are a central part of the plan to transform health care in the state. As Delawareans struggle with rising health care costs amidst a fragile economic climate, employers face … Read the rest
The shortage of nurses has a direct impact on the health care system. While an aging population and nursing workforce contribute heavily to the shortage of nurses, other career opportunities, dissatisfaction with work environments, and more competitive wages in other professions are some other factors that plague the workforce. In 2014, there were approximately 500 vacancies for registered nurses in private hospitals and long-term care facilities across Delaware. However, numerous vacancies in hospice centers, home health care, and the public … Read the rest