The Nursing Shortage and Relation to Modern Stereotypes

Kimberly K. Dwyer

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Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2005;5(1) 

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Introduction

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the present average age of employed registered nurses is 43.3 years, with registered nurses who are younger than 30 years old representing only 10% of the total working nurse population.[1] These jaw-dropping statistics threaten not only the future of healthcare as we know it, but also the growing technology of healthcare. Many factors contribute to the steady decline in the professional nursing population; this commentary will focus on the negative stereotypes associated with the profession as well as the danger of desperately rushing students through licensure programs.

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