By 2020, the demand for nurses in Virginia is projected to be 30% greater than the supply.
Factors that have led to the demand for nurses being larger than supply:
- increase in population
- increase in aging population
- proportionally larger needs of nursing services by the elderly
- retirement of nurses as they age
- steady state in education of nurses
- shortage of faculty in nursing schools
- large amount of clinical training necessary for nursing education
- expense of technology now used in the clinical care of patients that must be born by educational institutions
- salaries of clinical faculty lower than nurses in clinical job
What does the Clinical Simulation Center have to do with the nursing shortage?
- The Clinical Simulation Center will decrease the need for additional clinical faculty in nursing schools in southwest Virginia.
- As a shared resource, the Clinical Simulation Center will keep educational costs down in all the participating institutions.
Learn more from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing concerning the nursing shortage.