Nursing Crisis & the Growth of the Latino Population
It is estimated that in 10 years, there will be a shortage of over a half million nurses and the need for Spanish-speaking nurses is even higher. As the population continues to grow, the need for qualified professionals is even greater. Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing explains that nurses play a vital role in the future of healthcare and there is a lot of work to be done.
The National League for Nursing has a partnership with Johnson & Johnson, the Campaign for Nursing’s Future, where together they are joining forces to address the biggest nursing shortage in the history of the U.S. “The mission is to build a strong nursing workforce for the benefit of the nation and global community,” explains Dr. Malone.
Things are rapidly changing. Before nurses used to go to college and right after they would go to a hospital and get a job. “Many times nurses fresh out of college look for jobs and these places want nurses with experience, so nurses are forced to go to the next town or to a rural area where they have a greater need,” she explains. Nurses tend to be women with families and the whole idea of moving your whole family to get a job might not be in the frameworks.