Facing a large projected nursing shortage of 23,000 nurses by 2020, Virginia must take major steps to add nursing jobs and keep hospitals staffed. Fortunately the state has already seen a major spike in interest in nursing, with an almost 70 percent increase in graduates from nursing programs in Virginia community colleges since 2002. More nursing faculty will be needed, but for now hospitals and health systems are committed long-term to provide funding and training to increase Virginia.s nursing workforce.
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