By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or over. Of those, 80 percent will have at least one chronic health problem. Demand for nursing care will be at an all-time high.
Unfortunately, the American health care system is unprepared to meet this demand. Due to the aging of the nursing workforce and a bottleneck in the nursing education system, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortage of more than 1 million nurses by 2022. In South Carolina, the shortage will reach at least 6,400 nurses by 2028.