We have all seen the projections of massive nursing shortages in the coming years. Right now 12% of nursing positions in the United States are vacant. We are lucky in Massachusetts that only about 7% are vacant.

The American Nurse Association predicts that 65% of present nurses will retire during this decade. The U.S. department of Health and Human Services estimates that the current shortage of nurses is about 230,000, rising to 730,000 by 2010 and 1.2 million by 2020.

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