[INFOGRAPHIC] How Baby Boomers Will Impact the Nursing Shortage
The nursing shortage cannot be understood solely in terms of numbers – numbers like, by 2020 there will be nearly 25 million Baby Boomers with multiple chronic conditions and over 1 million new nurses will be needed – but rather in terms of what those numbers mean for our own aging loved ones.
What happens to Grandma and Grandpa when only 10% of long-term care communities have enough nurses to provide basic care? Who will be caring for our aunts and uncles, cousins and friends? If less than 1% of registered nurses are certified in adult-gerontology, will the people we love actually be taken care of by the people we’re entrusting them with?
Numbers may not tell the whole story, but this infographic from Maryville University entitled “How Baby Boomers Will Impact The Nursing Shortage” does give us a glimpse into what the future might look like: