A recently released federal report states there’s a serious shortage of registered nurses at Georgia nursing homes. It took an analysis of Medicare data that showed nearly half of Georgia nursing homes recently were found “below average’’ in their staffing levels of registered nurses.

Of Georgia’s 346 nursing homes that were rated, 163, or 47 percent, received “much below average” or “below average” ratings of RN staffing . Those numbers were based on Medicare data from January through March of this year.

Experts say that the number of retirees moving to Georgia is adding to the increased nursing home population across the state.

The increase in the number of elderly Georgia residents is creating a high demand for nurses and is forcing nursing home providers to address the shortage of registered nurses.