IDFPR: Potential Nurse Shortage could be Result of Aging Workforce

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reports a recent study indicates a shortage of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) could happen in upcoming years.

According to the voluntary 2015 LPN Workforce Survey, the LPN workforce in Illinois appears to be aging with an insufficient population of younger nurses to replace those leaving. IDFPR Secretary Bryan Schneider says these findings are similar to last year’s RN survey findings, and that while it is not at crisis levels now, workforce planners should plan ahead.

“This survey should serve as a clarion call to our nursing workforce planners that a potential shortage is on the horizon. This is particularly important as LPNs play a key role in our nursing homes, extended care facilities and home care settings,” Schneider explains.

The survey revealed that one-third of all LPNs (ages 55 to 65 years or older) responded that they intended to retire within the next five years.

6,613 LPNs completed the 2015 survey which was conducted during the Illinois LPN licensure renewal period.

A copy of the complete report can be found here.

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