Facts and Figures

By 2030, 70 million people will be over the age of 65, and 10 million will be over the age of 85 (source: U.S. Census Bureau).
By 2030, the population of elderly U.S. citizens will have doubled; meanwhile, the number of students entering medical school (per 100,000) declines each year (source: Prevention.com).
Approximately 55 percent of nurses intend to retire between 2011 and 2020 (source: Nursing Management, July 2006).

CPNS Press Releases and News Coverage

The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply is committed to addressing the challenges of nurse and physician supply and demand. In addition to researching healthcare staffing shortages and proposing solutions, addressing such issues also involves the dissemination of actionable information. Please find a list of our recent press releases and news items below.

Recent Articles in the Media:

Council Calls for White House Conference
Noting the continuing shortage of physicians and nurses and the lack of an adequate national plan to deal with the problem the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply has called for the White House to convene a special conference on physician and nurse shortage. Read more.

Survey: Hospital CEOs See Doctor Shortage as a Serious Problem
At a time when the federal government is considering budget cuts to physician and nurse training, hospital chief executive officers are expressing concern over shortages of physicians and nurses, a new survey indicates. Read more.
View the Survey.

National Council to Address Physician and Nurse Shortages
A group of national healthcare leaders has come together to address the growing problems of nurse and physician shortages. According to Richard "Buz" Cooper, MD, and Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, co-chairs of the newly created Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, the U.S. may lack as many as 200,000 physicians and 800,000 nurses by year 2020. Read more.

New Council Calls for Immediate Increase in Physician and Nurse Education
The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply concluded its first meeting in Philadelphia with the statement that physician shortages already exist in certain geographic areas and that nursing shortages are widespread. Read more.

Media contacts:

Jennifer O'Donohue

Phillip Miller

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