(IRN) – A shortage of nurses has been developing in Illinois for many years and officials said things could get worse.
Officials said the COVID-19 pandemic caused many nurses to retire or leave the profession, but there were regional shortages before then, especially in downstate rural Illinois.
According to the 2022 Trends in Nurse Staffing survey, more than 25% of respondents said they have more than 100 current openings for nursing positions. In 2019, only 9% reported over 100 openings.
“Hospitals need cost-effective solutions to assist with the nursing shortage, including temporary and permanent recruitment, better and flexible shifts, and the increased usage of international nurses,” the report said.
Susan Swart, executive director of the Illinois Nurses Foundation, said with fewer nursing students coming into the pipeline, the shortage will be compounding.