According to an article in USA Today, 20% of the novice nurses in the USA quit within the first year on the job.   Projecting forward, it is estimated that the national nursing shortage in the US could reach 500,000 by 2025 as many nurses retire and the demand for nurses increases due to the ageing population.

This report reflects nursing in hospitals and acute care settings.  But with the trickle down effect, it will certainly be felt in ageing services too.  A number of nursing professional societies, with assistance from the federal government, are putting together training and orientation programs to ease the transition from being a student to providing patient care.

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