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AACN cites U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections that, by 2022, there will be 3.24 million positions for registered nurses, an increase of 19 percent from 2012. Based on predicted job growth and the need for replacements, the total number of open nursing jobs will be 1.05 million. A recent survey from CareerBuilder finds that 56 percent of healthcare providers have open R.N. positions but can’t find qualified candidates. The inability to fill those positions is leading to stress among current nurses, with 7 in 10 saying they’re experiencing burnout. The challenge isn’t limited to increasing the number of nursing students, either. A lack of nursing faculty could exacerbate the problem, forcing schools to turn away applicants, AACN says. “Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow,” the association states on its website. “Budget constraints, an aging faculty, and increasing job competition from clinical sites have contributed to this emerging crisis.” In comments to CNBC, American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano noted that the problem is even more acute in rural areas that have seen a loss in population.

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