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What We Talk About When We Talk About Nursing Shortages
The Health Care Blog

Not so long ago, the air was filled with dire warnings of an impending nursing shortage. By 2020, according to one widely-cited analysis, demand might exceed supply by as many as 800,000 nurses. That analysis was made in good faith, and it was based on not-crazy extrapolations from thirty years’ worth of economic data. But in many local labor markets in 2012, there’s no sign of a shortage. In fact, in some regions there’s evidence of a glut.

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