Nursing is an embattled profession. Many nurses who work in hospitals feel that they are overworked and often unable to provide good patient care. The young people who traditionally have embarked on careers in nursing are increasingly choosing other fields, such as medicine or business, in which the pay and working conditions are better. Nurses who begin their careers in hospitals frequently leave for other positions. As the population ages, the demand for nurses is expected to grow rapidly. But because relatively few young people are entering nursing, severe shortages are anticipated by the end of the decade-unless this trend is reversed.
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