An estimated 5 million nursing positions are expected to be added in the U.S. within the next three years, and Arizona is one of the states with the largest nursing shortages, Phoenix Business Journal reports.
Arizona State University reports there will be 28, 100 nurse openings in the state by 2025. ASU is seeing increases in its online nursing degree programs, making it easier for nurses to continue to work while earning their BSN degrees.
Nurses with a BSN may not make more money than registered nurses with an associate’s degree, but the extra training provides a safer environment for patients, Heidi Sanborn, clinical assistant professor and interim director for the RN to BSN program at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU, told the Journal.
Created in 2012, the RN to BSN online program at ASU has about 240 students.
In as many as 30 states, health care organizations are finding it difficult to fill nursing positions