Nursing shortage hits Northeast Ohio

Posted at 6:47 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 18:47:57-04

Cleveland is regarded nationally for it's renowned hospital system. But, that system is in desperate need of nurses.

Right now, in Northeast Ohio there's a shortage of about 750 nurses.

But that number is expected to go into the thousands in the next four years.

University Hospitals is skipping the small print in the want ads, and going bold with billboards as they try to recruit nurses.

The Cleveland Clinic said registered nurses will be one of the top occupations over the next decade.

MetroHealth Medical Center agreed, as it expanded into the suburbs.

The Center For Health Affairs in Cleveland tracked the number of nurses needed.

That agency predicted a nursing shortage of 3,500 nurses by 2020 in 23 Northeast Ohio counties.

As more nurses retire, new nurses will be needed, and there's another reason.

"The number one reason is because of the aging population here in Northeast Ohio, as people age, the demand for health care continues to grow exponentially," said Lisa Anderson with the Center for Health Affairs.

The Center for Health Affairs in Cleveland said the average age of RN's in Northeast Ohio is 49 years old.