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Who will replace retiring nurses?

Dr. Deanna Radford Dr. Deanna Radford
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Darton State College is working to help alleviate growing nursing and nursing teacher shortages, but officials say they need help.

A large percentage of nurses are reaching retirement age. Our elderly population is expected to double by 2030, making the need for nurses even greater.

Darton offers evening, part-time, online, and specialized classes, but leaders say employers and legislators need to do more to avoid a crisis.

"Employers need to provide incentives for their nurses to come back and get more education. Legislation is offering incentives for faculty to get other education to keep them here," Dr. Deanna Radford Interim Dean of Nursing

To prepare for the loss of seasoned nurses Phoebe Putney Hospital tells us it is partnering with local and regional nursing programs to provide classroom education and clinical rotations.

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