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Nurses are Key to the Health of the Nation

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  • There are over 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States today.

  • That means that one in every 100 people is a registered nurse.

  • Nurses are in every community – large and small – providing expert care from birth to the end of life.

  • According to the January 2012 “United States Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast” in the American Journal of Medical Quality, a shortage of registered nurses is projected to spread across the country between 2009 and 2030. In this state-by-state analysis, the authors forecast the RN shortage to be most intense in the South and the West

  • Nurses' roles range from direct patient care and case management to establishing nursing practice standards, developing quality assurance procedures, and directing complex nursing care systems.

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