In two years, California is projected to be short almost 45,000 registered nurses (RNs), while Florida will have a surplus of almost 54,000. By 2030, the numbers get even starker; the number of RNs needed in the U.S. will be 3.6 million, according to data from RegisteredNursing.org, but pain will still depend on where you look.
When the size of a state’s available workforce is taken into account, the rankings shift somewhat. Based on the percentage of the RN workforce that’s projected to be vacant, Alaska ranks the worst for deficits. In 2030, 22.7% of the needed 23,800 RNs in the Last Frontier are projected to go vacant.
California’s issues stem in part from the fact that the state is so populous, Bryce Hall, the owner of RegisteredNursing.org — which provides resources for RNs — told Skilled Nursing News: With about 39 million residents, more than any other state, the ratio of nursing to people is simply imbalanced.
The other issue is cost of living.
“It’s the most expensive area, so even though nurses get paid well in California, they don’t get paid enough to live and survive in California,” he said.
Rural areas like Alaska, on the other hand, have trouble filling shortages because people don’t want to live in such remote locations. As a result, states in this situation tend to see a lot of contract nurses, Hall said.
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