Most nurses choose their career because they want to help people. They feel it is emotionally draining when they can't provide adequate care due to poor staffing. The **** hits the fan, they give up, and leave the profession or go in to management. Just the other night, we had 48 residents w/ one nurse, one CNA overnight. Staffing did not make calls to agency and pools. The one nurse submitted her resignation letter the following morning.
Another factor, lack of funding in higher education. The only schools
with spots are the ones chargind 30k a year that don't rely on pulic funding. Taxes are being sent everywhere but where they need to logically go.
Also, crappy pay for instructors. An MSN nurse can make much more outside of education that within it. Even if schools had the funding to expand, they wouldn't be able to hire enough inctructors.
Also, I see too often people going in to nursing for the wrong reason, and don't make it long after graduation. I would have taken their spot!