The Baby Boomer generation is nearing retirement and Michigan’s nurses are facing the same demographic pressures. As the Michigan Center for Nursing reported , Michigan’s nursing workforce is starting to undergo a demographic shift from older to younger workers.
In article in AnnArbor.com about the job market for newly graduating nurses, Michigan Center for Nursing Director Carole Stacy, highlighted many of the important factors that will affect nursing employment over the next ten years:
· Nurses are increasingly required to gain more skills through Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degrees
· Patient satisfaction is higher for when patients receive care from BSN-trained nurses
· Most nursing programs have significant wait lists and turn down many qualified applicants due to lack of space
To learn more about national trends facing the health care workforce, visit the Michigan Health Council’s presentation here.