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News spotlight: Healthcare reform may expand coverage and need for nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, March 30, 2009

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President Barack Obama’s plans to restructure the U.S. healthcare system would allot $634 billion to a 10-year reserve fund to increase healthcare coverage. But even with Obama’s planned healthcare overhaul, will the nation’s demand for skilled RNs continue to outpace the supply of new nurses entering the healthcare system?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that at least one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by the year 2016. But today’s aspirant nurses experience longer wait times before being admitted to nursing school and have fewer available job opportunities from which to choose upon graduation. In addition, many nurses in the profession take on heavy patient loads due to current staffing shortages at their facilities, which may get heavier as healthcare coverage expands.

The U.S. tops the charts as the world’s most expensive healthcare system, in which an estimated $2.4 trillion is spent on healthcare annually. About 48 million people are not insured and many others are not sufficiently insured.

Sources: Yahoo.com and 10news.com



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