Through 2024, Colorado will have a projected shortage of 4,500 - 6,700 nurses across the state - with Pueblo, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins feeling the hurt the most.

Colorado Needs More Nurses website notes several reasons why there is an increased demand for those with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree: 1) greater numbers of insured Americans, 2) population growth, 3) pending retirement of large numbers of nurses, and 4) more hospitals seeking "Magnet Status."

Today, Colorado's state leaders will sit down with healthcare professionals and educators to come up with a fix. There are currently more than 4,700 nursing-related positions open across Colorado, according to 7News Denver.

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