The United States is in a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers and the need for health care grows. Nursing colleges and universities are struggling to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand for nursing care. As a supplemental staffing agency, Crdentia assists health care facilities by providing temporary nursing personnel for patient care. The company also provides in-home care that allows patients to stay in familiar surroundings while receiving medical assistance. In its local offices, the company s nurses have chosen the flexibility of working only the hours they choose in their community hospitals or private homes. They are not obligated for set hours as they would be if they were permanent hospital employees. The company s travel division places nurses throughout the United States in 13-week assignments that allow nurses to work in the city that they chose when they choose to do so. Crdentia is headquartered in Dallas.