Quote from pkohm
I just don't understand though, can someone help me understand this. How is it that it's hard to get into nursing school and yet there's a shortage? And it's not that it's hard in the sense that you have to do a lot of work to get in (which i guess u do) but more it's hard in the sense that 400 people will apply to a program and 100 people get in. And that's for a lot of schools i hear of (not even just the top schools). So, why is it so many people are trying to go to nursing school and not getting in (when they're qualified) yet there's a "shortage" Do we need more nursing schools or is everyone quiting quickly/ Dropping out of NS?
1) Shortage of nursing instructors. You can only have 10 students with an instructor in the clinical area (and as a nursing student I can't imagine there being more than that
) . The nursing shortage affects nurse educators, too (and many nurses do not want to necessarily be educators *until* they are too old to do bedside/clinical nursing, because nurse education pays like garbage)
2) Not any/everyone can be a nurse.
We downplay this often (and tend to emphasize the "touchy feely" part of the profession) but nursing is a sciency field ; ya gotta study lots, gotta have a bit of a brain, and not everyone can hack that. It takes studying, it takes hard work, and to get into nursing school you have to meet a certain intellectual and educational criteria.
With enough hard work
a person can overcome intellectual short commings (I remember a story of a nursing student who took 5 years to complete a 2 year program... now that takes dedication!
... and with enough intelligence, a person can slack off and work a bit less... both will get you through school and your degree/RN.
However, there is no way around it: you do need a certain requisite amount of ability to work hard and capcity to learn, and the fact of the matter is not everyone who WANTS to be a nurse has what it takes or wants it bad enough to do it.
This explains why there is a bajillion prospective nursing students but just a teeny tiny fraction of new RNs being popped out every year.