A Brief Economic Analysis of the Looming Nursing Shortage In the United States

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY▸ The United States is projected to experience a nursing shortage in the coming years as market forces begin to shift away from equilibrium.▸ A return to pre-recession work levels, aging baby boomers, and insufficient numbers of nursing graduates adversely affect the supply of nurses▸ The aging population, a rise in chronic care management needs, and the Affordable Care Act will result in an increasing demand for them.▸ Returning to a state of equilibrium is critical if our health care system is to ensure care that is accessible, safe, and cost effective.

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