Nursing Shortage Underscores Need For Better Environment, Updated Image

In spite of the public's extremely positive perception of nurses, the healthcare industry is in short supply of these highly trusted professionals. Ninety-two percent of those surveyed in a Harris Poll said they trusted information about healthcare provided by a registered nurse. However, about half of the registered nurse workforce will reach retirement age in the next 15 years and enrollments in schools of nursing are down 6.6%, dropping for the third year in a row, according to industry surveys.