The general population in Delaware is also reaching retirement age right along with their nurses, and many are in need of extra nursing services for normal age related problems which is beginning to put a strain on the system. When this situation is coupled with the retiring nurse situation in Delaware, finding qualified nurses becomes a very pressing problem that must be corrected quickly.
Delaware nursing programs are not being of much help because they are also dealing with the age related problems. Many programs are having the same problems as in all other areas of healthcare without enough qualified nurses available to teach the amount of students that register into the programs. Many healthcare programs in Delaware currently have students waiting on lists to attend the available training sessions.
Without enough qualified nurses to go around today in Delaware, in-state people are having a tough time beginning their new nursing careers when there is a desire to enter this profession. It is estimated that the state may reach a point of needing over 3,000 qualified nurses to fill available jobs by the year 2010 unless something unexpected happens to change the current situation of shortages.
Delaware is not the only place inside of the United States that is having problems finding enough qualified nurses to fill their job needs. With the baby-boom population beginning to retire, we are moving into an era where the majority of citizens within the United States will be at or over the age of retirement all at once. The nursing shortages being seen today can not be expected to disappear very quickly.
Employment opportunities for qualified nurses in Delaware nursing programs, healthcare facilities, and in all public or private areas of nursing will continue to be available for many years to come. As new nurses are hired into available positions, a percentage of these people leave their jobs for other options within the industry so that new jobs will constantly be opening up until the shortage situation is remedied.