ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Travel nurses across the state said they have their bags packed for Central Florida if the omicron variant ramps up.
There’s a nursing shortage happening on top of the surge in COVID-19 cases, and predictions for what it could mean for the area don’t look good.
A recruiter for hospitals told Channel 9 they’ve been busy getting as many registered nurses as they can lined up to help.
A Florida nurse workforce report said there were estimated shortfalls back in 2019, and they’re only expected to get worse.
In 2035, the report predicts the Orlando, Kissimmee and Sanford area will have a shortage of more than 1,600 nurses.
The Villages could fare even worse, with more than 2,600 nursing positions predicted to sit unfilled.