For years, experts have been predicting a shortage of nurses along with the faculty needed to train them.
And for years nursing schools and the health care community have been working on creative solutions, trying to head off the problem before it affects the health of America.
It’s not just the country’s physical health that’s at risk. Its economic health is too.
One metropolitan area reflective of this is Cleveland. Health care provides more than 124,000 jobs — nearly 18 percent of all employment — in Cuyahoga County, according to the most recent data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ complete count of jobs.
And the workers who fill those jobs bring home paychecks totaling $5.6 billion a year.
Nurses are its foundation.