With more than three quarters of nurses in Vermont age 45 or older, there is an evident need for a new crop of nurses to fill nursing jobs in the near future. The nursing shortage is not as severe in Vermont as it is elsewhere, but with more than half of the nursing industry planning to retire by 2020, it will definitely feel the pinch soon. The state has already prepared for this by offering financial incentives for nurses to pursue graduate studies and go into teaching, which will help expand nursing programs and lessen the projected shortage.
Home health aides assist the elderly, mentally or physically disabled, and chronically ill, that may need assistance with personal hygiene, meal preparation, light housekeeping, driving to doctors? appointments and more. Home health aides generally work for a certified hospice or home health agency that receives government reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid; these home health aides must complete a formal training program and pass a competency exam or state certification program. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) oversees home health aide certification. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts stellar job growth for home health aides, as the elderly population grows and people turn to more affordable alternatives to inpatient care.