The U.S. is likely to experience a shortage of RNs due to an aging population and increasing need for preventive healthcare, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Additionally, advanced practice nursing is a growing component of the team-based approach to healthcare offered in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, and other ambulatory care facilities.
The BLS projects a 45% increase in the employment of advanced nursing roles between 2019 and 2029. That growth, also fueled by retirement and other departures from the profession, is much faster than the average for all occupations (4%).
COVID-19 has exacerbated the already growing need for nurses in the U.S., particularly those who can provide leadership. APRNs can lend their experience and expertise to tackle the challenges of handling a pandemic. They can provide a steady hand for nurses entering the field to replace those who are leaving it.