It seems like a lot of nursing schools
are busting at the seams these days--do you know of any school which doesn't have all its seats filled? Furthermore, I applied for a NA job at one of the hospitals and they have 4x the number of applicants than there are available training slots (unfortunately for me). Are hospitals going to be hurting as much in a couple of years as they have been? Over the short term, anyway--long-term retention in the profession is another issue. Will the shortage be affected at all by all these people getting into nursing? Or are the numbers of soon-to-be new nurses fewer than I anticipate? How do you all see it?
Dec 4, '02
There is NO nursing shortage, just a shortage of people who are willing to tolerate impossible working conditions.
Follow the numbers for RNs for example.
There are 2.2 million RN positions in the US.
There are 2.7 million licensed RNs in the US.
We already have a surplus of licensed RNs.
For CNAs, I don't know you the numbers, but basically it depends on what you are willing to put up with at work. Talk to some CNAs in your vicinity and ask them your questions. Maybe you can shadow one or two for a few hours. Call some local temp agencies for leads and advice.
Last edit by sjoe on Dec 4, '02