Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN, discusses concerns surrounding oncology nurse shortage

May 17, 2010

Med Hunters

The U.S. nursing job market has been in flux of late, with employers not hiring in some areas due to the recession. Long-term, it's a different story, with some experts predicting more than 100,000 registered nurse vacancies by 2015.

A critical component of the shortage is that there may not be enough oncology nurses to meet the needs of the population, especially growing numbers of aging adults more likely to be coping with cancer. Nurses who specialize in the treatment of cancer and support for survivors and their families, and who are prepared with specific knowledge to care for an aging population, are already in short supply...."We have a real challenge in having sufficient numbers of advanced practice -- both NPs and CNS," says Sarah H. Kagan, PhD, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. "Cancer is among the most prominent and chronic diseases facing the population." Read More