For nearly a decade, experts have been predicting the nursing shortage. The situation has reached a critical mass here in Milwaukee, with more institutions looking for ways to train more nurses.
"Nurses are broadening their medical care and interaction with patients in all types of realms, and so that has then increased - even more - the demand for nurses," says Cheryl Bailey, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Mount Mary University.
Mount Mary recently announced a partnership with Waukesha County Technical College to graduate more bachelor's degree nurses to meet the demand. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Bailey explains, "The Wisconsin Center for Nursing is predicting a need of 20,000 nurses by 2020" - a date that is fast-approaching.