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New report details Maine Nursing Shortage

By: Sarah Blais

There is a shortage of practicing nurses in the state of Maine, and a prediction that in 2025, there will be a about 3,000 open positions. Nurses in Maine are increasing in  age as well, in 2015, most nurses were around or over the age of 45, a third of the amount were over the age of 55. As the citizens of Maine are aging, there is an expected need regarding health care.

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The senior community is expected to rise about 37 percent, as well as gain severe illnesses that will require medical attention. However, it is expected that all nurses will be retired by this time, considering the shortage of young -aged applicants.

In order to solve this problem, the state of Maine needs an approximately 20 percent increase of newly licensed nurses each year. According to Robert Neely, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Maine System, the in state education needs improvement regarding labs and clinical areas, so there can be more options for potential nursing students in the state of Maine.

Sen. Amy Volk, has said that she will advocate for a bill to heighten the National Nurse Licensing Compact, this would grant certified nurses from other states to work in Maine. It was also announced that nurse training openings will be benefitted through a Maine Nursing Summit.

Some institutions have acknowledged this problem, and have improved their nursing programs . St. Joeseph’s College’s plans to expand their nursing program with a 1.5 million grant, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent has developed a nursing program as well.

Jobs in ME has nearly 300 nursing jobs currently listed on our site in the State of Maine.

Sarah is the social media intern here at Jobs in the US.