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The nursing shortage and the doctor shortage are two very different things
Washington Post

Nursing is bracing for what’s being called a “silver tsunami” — a graying Baby Boomer workforce entering retirement. On top of that, many other nurses are leaving the field out of frustration. Why? They don’t feel they’re making enough of a difference for their patients.

A 2011 study found that more than 20 percent of nurses who provide direct patient care expressed job dissatisfaction, compared to 13 percent of nurses in non-institutional settings.

While some experts caution that we don’t know how many nurses will be leaving the workforce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 526,800 more nurses will be needed by 2022 — an increase of 19.4 percent from 2012 — to help keep up with patient growth and replace those who leave.