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By 2030 there will be an estimated 2 to 3 million people living in ursing homes1 and 1.9 million more residing in assisted-living facilities in this country.2 Who will meet their needs?




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Nursing Counts, highlighting data that illustrate the value of nursing, appears in AJN as a periodic column and is provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, College of Nursing, New York University,;