A 1,000,000 National RN shortage by 2010? - page 2

Thats what I read in a book that was in the medical reference section at barns and noble today, but i cant for the LIFE of me recall the name of that book ( the cover had a RN sitting on a bench... Read More

  1. by   reformednurse
    Quote from ARIZONA_RN_STUDENT
    I remember back in 1999 I had a severe case of the flu, and the closest hospital to my house was thunderbird medical center (it was not banner then), anyways it was about 8pm at so I had to use the ER entrance, and I couldn't believe what I saw when I got in there. I bet you there were 60-75 people STACKED UP in the ER waiting room. It was so over crowded that there were people laying on the floor for god sakes, and the triage nurse looked like she wanted to jump of off the hospitals roof. Needless to say, I didn't even get to triage I just left. (even though myself I felt so sick I thought I was about to die) I was not even interested in healthcare back then and even at 17 i knew this looked like a huge problem. I know T-bird has gotten a face lift sense banner took them over, but has anyone ever seen something that crazy in the ER waiting room to where people were literary laying on the floor all over? :selfbonk:
    Happens all the time in California as well, but flu season is the worst. When people realize they must stop depending upon the "sick care' system to fix them and start taking care of their immune systems, the "health care" system will be back in balance and everyone will be happier.
  2. by   Sheri257
    Actually, there is a projected shortage of about 1 million RN's but ...

    In the year 2020 ... not the year 2010.

    At least according to the U.S. Health Department.

    http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce...ortage.htm#xa5

    CNN probably got their years mixed up.

    The projected shortage for 2010 is actually 406,000.

    And the projected shortage for 2015 is 684,000.

    So the shortage is getting worse, and will eventually reach 1 million ... but not as soon as 2010.

    :spin:
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 21, '06
  3. by   marygirl
    Well I passed my final nursing school exam today! There's one more nurse on the horizon!!
  4. by   reformednurse
    Quote from marygirl
    Well I passed my final nursing school exam today! There's one more nurse on the horizon!!
    Well, congrats, marygirl, and I hope nursing is everything you hoped it would be and more, and that you are able to bring healing into your work.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from ARIZONA_RN_STUDENT
    I remember back in 1999 I had a severe case of the flu, and the closest hospital to my house was thunderbird medical center (it was not banner then), anyways it was about 8pm at so I had to use the ER entrance, and I couldn't believe what I saw when I got in there. I bet you there were 60-75 people STACKED UP in the ER waiting room. It was so over crowded that there were people laying on the floor for god sakes, and the triage nurse looked like she wanted to jump of off the hospitals roof. Needless to say, I didn't even get to triage I just left. (even though myself I felt so sick I thought I was about to die) I was not even interested in healthcare back then and even at 17 i knew this looked like a huge problem. I know T-bird has gotten a face lift sense banner took them over, but has anyone ever seen something that crazy in the ER waiting room to where people were literary laying on the floor all over? :selfbonk:
    I often cannot send my pts to the ER because so many hospitals are in divert in the Phoenix area all the time.

    However, remember the Dept of Labor Bureau of Labor Statisitics says there are more than enough licensed RNs in the US right now to fill all vacancies.
    The ANA's position is that working conditions have driven nurses away from the bedside causing what appears to be a shortage, but in actuality is a "pseudo shortage."
  6. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I've said it before - while I have an MSN, I can't afford to work as an instructor because I would take a pay cut! Fix the system.
    I have an ADN, and I couldn't afford to work as an instructor because it would be a serious cut in pay! So why on earth would I want to go to 2-3 more years of school to get an MSN to teach??

    Until nursing intructors make 120k/yr to start, there will be a nursing shortage. Why 120k? Because with OT, I can pull 100k as an ADN - with less headache. There has to be a greater incentive to be an instructor - if we are serious about wanting them.

    And if you think the retirement age curve looks grim for bedside nurses, you should see what it looks like for our instructors. . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Apr 21, '06

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