It is no secret: the United States is in dire need of more nurses. Although colleges are
doing their best to recruit new nurses, current figures indicate that we are still going to
see a national shortage over the next several years unless the number of nurses-in-
training grows dramatically. Although the demand for more nurses is on the upswing,
what many don’t understand is why. While there is a multitude of reasons, and tops
among them are:
1. Advancements in Medical Technology
Advancements in medical technology have helped to make people live longer lives and
have helped save many lives that otherwise would have been lost. In order to operate
this equipment, however, we need nurses and other medical professionals who know
how to use the technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Therefore, we
need more nurses who are trained in medical technology and capable of using it to its
2. Growing Population
Since advancements in medical technology have helped save lives and because the
population grows exponentially anyway, our growing population has resulted in a need
for more nurses as well. As our population grows, so does our need for more nurses to
care for our medical needs.
3. Longer Life Spans
Medical technology and medical advancements have also helped our population enjoy
a longer life span. This, of course, adds to the growing population problem while also
resulting in a need for nurses who can fulfill the needs of the elderly as well as those
with special health concerns.
4. Universal Healthcare Program
Changes in healthcare are on the horizon and currently, there are a significant number
of people who are not obtaining the healthcare they need because they simply cannot
afford it. With a greater focus on prevention rather than treatment after a condition has
been diagnosed, the need for qualified nurses to handle this influx of new patients will
5. We’re Already Short
Finally, we need more nurses for one simple reason: we already don’t have enough.
Quite simply, hospitals and doctor’s offices around the country are already struggling
with filling their vacant positions. Couple this with the fact that the demand for
healthcare will only increase over the next several years, it is easy to see why nurses will
continue to play a crucial role in inpatient care.
At Premier Nursing Network, we care about our clients and are here to make life easier
for you and the patients you serve. Our exceptional staff works tirelessly at improving the
quality of life for every patient we care for. For more information on our staffing
services, contact us today.