With the passage of that immigration law, there truly isn't a nursing shortage. Just nurses not willing to risk life and limb...AND...patient safety.
Hospitals are not begging for nurses in our area...I believe a lot of nurses have just opted out. After being in ER two years, I have already seen talented, experienced nurses head for greener pastures....management, alternative careers, less stressful environments.
Staffing is not adequate...ancillary staff, nowhere to be found...responsibilities have grown....patients and their family want more...patient's are sicker.
Salaries across the country are sickly low compared to what a nurse, and the risk she takes caring for patients is worth. I have come to realize this as I see what others are making. My $30/hr day rate is not enough for the days I am killed with icu level patients-my license is not worth it! That being said, those making less are really getting taken advantage of!
So, is there a nursing shortage? I don't believe so....just nurses unwilling to settle for dangerous working conditions.