The U.S. needs more nurses, but nursing schools don’t have enough slots

Posted by on October 25, 2021 5:00 am
Categories: US National Stories

Nurses checked on a patient in a Jonesboro, Ark., ICU in August., as the delta variant sparked yet another surge of serious COVID-19 cases in the region. The pandemic has only added to a longstanding nursing shortage in the U.S., statistics show.

Across the country, hospitals are desperate for R.N.s and specialty nurses. Yet, paradoxically, the nursing pipeline has slowed, with educators retiring or returning to clinical work themselves.

(Image credit: Houston Cofield/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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