The Pulse of the Profession
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While there was already a nursing shortage prior to the pandemic, the past three years have pushed the shortage of nurses to critical levels. It's estimated that 1.2 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2030. The Department of Labor and Statistics estimates that there will be 203,000 nursing job openings each year for the next decade.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world got a hard look at the nursing profession. Everyone hailed nurses as heroes (which they always have been), watching them battle mental and physical exhaustion and burnout on the frontlines of care. It was apparent nurses weren't okay. Today, they still aren't okay—and our 2022 State of Nursing Survey results reflect that. But, as you'll see, there are specific incentives that would make them feel differently.