Mature Market Experts Stat of The Day: Nursing shortage partially due to lack of teachers

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Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often – Nursing shortage partially due to lack of teachers – “An estimated 116,000 registered nurse positions are unfilled at U.S. hospitals and nearly 100,000 jobs go vacant in nursing homes, experts said.

The shortage is expected to worsen in coming years as the 78 million people in the post-World War Two baby boom generation begin to hit retirement age. An aging population requires more care for chronic illnesses and at nursing homes. “The nursing shortage is not driven by a lack of interest in nursing careers. The bottleneck is at the schools of nursing because there’s not a large enough pool of faculty,” Robert Rosseter of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing said in a telephone interview.

Nursing colleges have been unable to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand, and some U.S. lawmakers blame years of weak federal financial help for the schools. Almost 50,000 qualified applicants to professional nursing programs were turned away in 2008, including nearly 6,000 people seeking to earn masters and doctoral degrees, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing said. Pay differences One reason for the faculty squeeze is that a nurse with a graduate degree needed to teach can earn more as a practicing nurse, about $82,000, than teaching, about $68,000.”

Source: MSNBC

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Mature Market Experts Stat of The Day: Osteoporosis

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According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), nearly 44 million people, most of them in the mature market and most of them women, are at risk for osteoporosis. That being said, some steps can be taken to manage Osteoporosis. According to the American Geriatrics Society  (AGS), a study of 109 nursing home residents with an average age of 85 showed:

·         Only 8% of the nursing home residents received the recommended dosage of 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day

·         Only 7% of the nursing home residents received the recommended dosage of 800IU of vitamin D per day.

Inadequate Osteoporosis Screening
In a second study, older adults were given two types of screening for osteoporosis: standard bone mineral density (BMD) screening and a newer technology called Instant Vertebral Assessment (IVA), which can detect fractures in the spine.

Source: About.com