The Florida agency for work force innovation and projects say that 9,000 nursing positions opened up in the state each year from 2002 to 2010.
Experts believe getting more male college students interested in nursing would help turn the tide.
Ken Fowler with the Florida State University School of Nursing says FSU is doing well in getting males into their program.
Kenneth E. Fowler Jr., Assistant Dean of the FSU School of Nursing, said, "We have been fortunate to be around 10 percent. We have 300 currently enrolled students and 32 are male. I'm not sure of other schools numbers, but I doubt they have up to ten percent.”
Out of 66 graduates from spring 2004, FSU's school of nursing had five male graduates.