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Authors

  1. Cooper, Cristyn E. MPA
  2. Parsons, Robert J. PhD

Abstract

Trends relative to nursing vacancies are expected to exist into the next decade. Unlike the cyclical shortages of the past, this shortage may not resolve itself. The authors present five major factors in nursing that have led to the shortage and that contribute to its continuation. Because military nurses provide much manpower in the healthcare industry, shortages in their ranks will affect the entire healthcare system. The five factors were applied to the military nursing force to demonstrate that the military also feels the pinch of the current nursing shortage.