CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – There are more than 40,000 registered nurses in South Carolina, but a new report shows it might not be enough to keep up with the demand of the state.
The study, by registerednurses.org, predicts South Carolina would need 10,000 additional nurses to fill the positions expected to grow by year 2030.
The Office for Healthcare Workforce – which looks at factors that affect the supply and demand of health care workers – gave one reason for this increased demand.
“We’re starting to see a lot of the baby boomer generation reach retirement age starting to pick up speed, and that’s a phenomenon that will be affecting not only nurses but physicians, dentists, and pharmacists for the next decade to come,” said Linda Lacey, director for the SC Office for Healthcare Workforce
The department says more nurses are coming into the field than going out but the state would have to keep that trend going.
They say that could be tricky as faculty members who teach these programs start retiring.