Georgia is facing a serious shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) that threatens the quality of healthcare for its citizens. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia faces an increasingly widening gap between the supply and demand of RNs. Georgia will need an additional 16,400 RNs by 2010 and 26,300 additional RNs by 2015. The shortage of available RNs will increase to 37,700 by 2020 if the supply of RNs in Georgia does not keep up with the growing demand 1.
In June 2006, the USG’s Task Force on Health Professions Education released a final report of its Finding and Recommendations which noted that the nursing profession was deemed to be the “most fragile and in need of attention over the near term.” In order to help address this growing shortage, the Nursing Education Initiative at the University System of Georgia (USG) is designed to provide accurate data, research, and policy analysis on nursing education at USG institutions. Twenty-five USG institutions offer nursing degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels.
- Source: What is Behind HRSA’s Projected Supply, Demand, and Shortage of Registered Nurses, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 2004.