Hello out there in Allnurses land!
Is there really a nurse shortage?
I'm starting to get into the thought of becoming a nurse. Going to school, taking the prereqs and all........But these words keep reappearing in my research "nurse shortage".
Makes me nervous to tell you the truth.
Is the work too overwhelming? Are nurses quiting for stressful reasons? More important, is the schooling too difficult to finish?
Sep 7, '02
Yes, there is a nursing shortage, it is expected that this nursing shortage will continue to grow, albiet largely in the geriatrics scene because the baby boomers are getting old now.
Everyone is up in arms about it, saying the healthcare industry needs to start doing something NOW, because if they don't, in 10 years their might be geriatrics who can't even get care because there is no one to care for them.
Also, what someone else already mentioned. Not as many people are going to school for nursing, because for the past 10 years every single nurse has *****ed about how hard and how many problems there are. It is scaring away alot of the potentials.
Many long time nurses have left the profession to do other, less stressful jobs because for some, it just becomes too much.
so the entire nursing pool from which hospitals look to hire new nurses, is shrinking, while the need for healthcare continues to grow every year.
What's even worse is that many new grad's are doing it for the paycheck and to meet a "doctor". This kind of person makes it even worse for the nurses who do care, and they seem to be the ones who are leaving the profession.
Last edit by jokieman31 on Sep 7, '02