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Emerging Demographic Factors Indicate Increasing Need for LVNs

A variety of factors are now influencing the supply and demand for well-trained nurses in the state of California. This trend is one that is occurring throughout the nation, and the state of California is also by it.

More Nurses Retiring

One of the reasons the demand for nursing is increasing in California is that the supply of trained nurses has not yet met the continually rising demand for nurses throughout the state. Numerous factors have contributed to the increasing need for nurses. For instance, a large percentage of nursing professionals are now reaching retirement age. In fact, findings released from a report from the Nursing Management Aging Workforce Survey in 2006 found that 55% of nurses surveyed had intentions of retiring between the years 2011 and 2020*.

Increasing Elderly Population

While this large number of nurses leaving the field will leave a glut in the industry, the future demand for qualified nurses is expected to continue rising significantly as Baby Boomers reach retirement age and beyond. Per a nursing report released on caregivers, the ratio of prospective caregivers to the individuals who will be more likely to require care, which is the elderly population, is expected to decline by as much as 40% by the year 2030*.

In 2008, the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply found that an additional 30,000 nurses would need to be graduated each year simply to meet the healthcare needs of the country. This number represents an increase of 30% over the current number of nurse graduates each year*.

The increasing demand for nurses cannot be ignored. The need for qualified nurses is present at all levels of the industry, including at the vocational nurse level.  A LVN is a Licensed Vocational Nurse; a designation used in California as well as the state of Texas. LVNs work under the direct supervision of registered nurses (RN) or physicians. Vocational Nursing training provides nursing candidates with the practice and knowledge they need to embark upon a vocational nursing career. This scope of instruction and practice may include amongst other tasks, such things as checking the vital signs of patients, administering medications and treatments, hanging IVs, performing dressing changes and daily living activities.

A vocational nurse may be employed in a hospital or in one of many other types of facilities, such as a skilled nursing facility, home health care agency, physician’s office, correctional facility, school or clinic.

The decision to become a licensed vocational nurse is one that can lead to a rewarding and satisfying career. Many people also decide to support themselves working as a LVN while pursuing advanced healthcare training, such as RN qualification.

Vocational Nursing training course lasts about one year and provides students with the experience and instruction they need to achieve their goal of entering the rewarding and exciting world of licensed vocational nursing.

*According to a report from the Nursing Management Aging Workforce Survey in 2006 55% of nurses surveyed had intentions of retiring between the years 2011 and 2020. [Source: www.NursingCenter.com, 02/2012]

*According to the Nursing Institute at the University of Illinois College of Nursing, the ratio of potential caregivers to the people most likely to need care, the elderly population, will decrease by 40% between 2010 and 2030. [Source: www.NursingPower.net, 02/2012]

* In March 2008, The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, an independent group of health care leaders based at the University of Pennsylvania, determined that 30,000 additional nurses should be graduated annually to meet the nation’s healthcare needs, an expansion of 30% over the current number of annual nurse graduates [Source: www.AllNurses.com, 02/2012]