5 Reasons
Demand for
Nurses
Is Growing
Marquette University | Nursing

1

Americans 65+
are projected to increase from
52
million
(2018)
to 95
million
(2060)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2018

2

Nearly 51% of the
RN workforce is
50 or older
RN Workforce Age Distribution
National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, 2018

3

Americans are living longer, requiring greater levels of care, with an average life expectancy of 78.6
Years
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017

4

1 in 4 Americans
have two or more chronic conditions
1 Out of 4 Americans Have Chronic Conditions
"How to Improve Patient Outcomes for Chronic Diseases and Comorbidities," Health Catalyst, 2017

5

75,000 Qualified Nursing Applicants Turned Away 75,000
qualified nursing applicants turned away in 2018 due to faculty, clinical, classroom and budget constraints
American Association of Colleges of Nurses, 2019