Needed ... a lot.

Needed ... a lot.

HARRISBURG PA – If you’re looking for a job in Pennsylvania, it sure does help to be a nurse … almost any kind of nurse.

More than 8,000 jobs for registered nurses (RNs) across the state will go unfilled in 2010, as well as more than 7,000 jobs for licensed practical nurses (LPNs), because there aren’t enough trained people available for the positions, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Wednesday (Feb. 11, 2009).

According to department forecasts, the state next year expects to fall short of between 8,000 and 14,400 RNs it says will be needed to fill an estimated 146,000 jobs. It also estimates a shortage of between 7,100 and 8,400 LPNs. Both are due to increasing health care demands that coincide with Pennsylvania’s aging population.

The shortage gap is closing, state Labor Secretary Sandi Vito claimed. The newest estimates are less dire than reported during 2005. “However, the aging of residents makes it very clear that there is more work to be done,” Vito added.

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