Secure Our Care
Secure Our Care aims to ensure access to quality medical care by identifying solutions to problems that threaten that care. Chief among these problems is the critical shortage of qualified health care workers to staff our hospitals and long-term care centers.
The ongoing staffing crisis was exacerbated by the COVID-19 virus when nearly every state in the union took executive action to address staffing shortages. During that time, at least 1,118 hospitals, or about 1 in 6 hospitals in America, reported critical shortages. The shortage is far from over, and is in fact expected to intensify.
Nurses have retired annually since 2012
anticipated to retire by the end of 2022
new registered nurses will be needed by 2030
employed registered nurses in 2020
Why Secure Our Care?
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, this country faced a critical shortage of healthcare workers. A Health Affairs report found that since 2012, 60,000 nurses have retired annually, with that number increasing each year as baby boomers approach retirement age.
Staff burnout and early retirements due to COVID-19 have exacerbated this crisis, at a time when many baby boomers have an increased need for quality healthcare – further driving demand.
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Secure Our Care is a project of 60 Plus, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for seniors and advances causes that matter most to seniors and their families. Founded in 1992, 60 Plus Association, the American Association of Senior Citizens is a 501c4 non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for seniors who believe in market-based solutions and are dedicated to protecting your right to freedom of speech and limited but effective government. We are committed to educating and advancing issues that matter most to seniors and their families such as protecting Social Security and Medicare, ensuring access to quality medical care, expanded educational options, lower taxes, retirement security, energy independence and permanently repealing the death tax.