LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- America is facing a nursing shortage, so hospitals are offering perks and incentives to attract qualified applicants.

Some are offering five-figure signing bonuses and college tuition for employees and their children. Others are providing free housing and up to $20,000 in reimbursable relocation costs.

The shortage comes as experienced nurses are retiring at a rapid rate. The American Nurses Association estimates more than 1 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2022.

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