A new report projects Wisconsin’s registered nurse workforce could see a shortage of nearly 23,000 nurses by 2040.

The Department of Workforce Development report includes three models projecting possible labor shortfalls in nursing. These draw on data from the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative, DWD’s own figures and other sources.

Under the “status quo” scenario, in which the nursing workforce is projected to follow the age demographics of the population overall, the estimated labor gap is 33 percent by 2040, or 22,900 nurses.

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