Nurse salaries are on the rise as Georgia’s nursing shortage hits critical levels

ATLANTA — Georgia has been facing a nursing shortage since before the pandemic hit in December 2019. As the Peach State now faces the second highest number of COVID-19 cases and a record number of coronavirus related hospitalizations since the pandemic first began, local hospitals need more nurses stat.

Work loads are piling up on Georgia nurses as they attempt to combat the record breaking waves of COVID-19 patients.

“Nurse loads have doubled.” WSB consumer expert Clark Howard said, speaking to 95.5 WSB’s Sabrina Cupit on the ongoing nursing crisis burdening Georgia. “Nurses are expected to take care of twice the number of patients that would be normal.”

To combat the nursing shortage, hospitals nationwide have begun looking overseas for an answer.

“Hospitals are very heavily recruiting oversees nurses to come to the United States.” Howard continued.

With an increase in demand, comes an increase in cost. According to Clark Howard and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurse salaries are on the rise.

“The enormous demand for nurses has been, in much of the country, pushing the payrates up.” Clark Howard said.

According to the latest numbers from the federal government, nurses in Georgia can make anywhere from $50,000 to more than $98,000 a year. As the pandemic continues to bolster inside the Peach State, registered nurses in Georgia are making an average salary of just over $80,000 a year.

Hunter Boyce

Hunter Boyce

Digital Producer and Journalist

Sabrina Cupit

Sabrina Cupit

Midday News Anchor and Health Reporter

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