Maryland Nursing Shortage Continues To Worsen Despite Increased Salaries

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Maryland Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage in Maryland continues to worsen, despite increasedsalaries, improved recruitment efforts and publicly funded scholarshipprograms, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Maryland Hospital Association, the Baltimore Sunreports.

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According to the report, the vacancy rate for nursingpositions in the state increased to 13% in 2006 from 10.3% in 2005,although the number of nursing school graduates increased by 46%between 2001 and 2005. Hospitals in the state would have to hire anadditional 2,340 nurses to meet current demand and could face ashortage of 10,000 nurses within the next 10 years as thousands ofolder nurses retire, the report found.

In addition, the reportfound that nursing schools in 2006 rejected almost half of qualifiedapplicants because of capacity issues. The report also found that, inaddition to the nursing shortage, at least nine other positions athospitals in the state had vacancy rates of more than 10% in 2006.

Catherine Crowley, vice president of MHA, said, "The supply just isn't keeping up with the demand" (Bishop, Baltimore Sun, 8/2).
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