Facebook SOTD: Nurse Shortage?

In our Facebook Story of the Day you wanted to know whether Albany has a shortage of nurses.

This may be good news for students getting ready to graduate from college. Many of them will walk the stage and have a job waiting for them, because there is a shortage of nurses, particularly in Southwest Georgia.

"The nursing shortage is predicted to even get higher, as nurses retire, as educators retire we'll need new nurses to fill those positions. As the baby boomers age, we'll have more patients needed care so the increased need in nurse won't go away soon," said Albany State University nursing professor Dr. Cathy Williams.

While Albany does need nurses, Williams says the need is even greater in rural areas.

She says part of the problem is that many nurses are leaving the field early.

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