Quote from caroladybelle
First, there is no nursing shortage. There are at least 500,000 surplus nurses that have left, due to various reasons, many d/t lousy conditions. There are estimated 170, 000 postions, many undesirable, poor paying, part time, w/no benefits, or in places with a high COL.
Second, there are a large number of people seeking nursing degrees.
Colleges rarely pay instructors adequately. They can invariably get paid more for fewer ours and less education, as a practicing nurse.
You made some good points.
Where are you getting the statistic of 500,000 nurses that are refusing to come back to the hospital because they were treated badly?
Iwas able to find it on the AFL-CIO website, but nowhere else yet. I can't really consider a Union an unbiased resource.
That being said...I am willing to believe that there are half a million nurses not working as nurses. How many of them are not working because they are in their 60's or older? How many of them married a spouse that could support the family while they stayed home to raise the children? How many decided that they would rather be an accountant because working holidays was not for them?
I think it would be almost impossible to truly survey nurses and find out why they left nursing. The people who are angry at the conditions they are forced to work under as a nurse would send that survey back in about 1 day! The people who decided to become soccer moms might not feel the same way about getting that thing in the mail.
We have a nursing FACULTY shortage, we have a NURSES WILLING TO WORK shortage. As far as I can tell, we have never managed to get our 'non-working' nurses back to the profession in droves. It all amounts to the same thing.
Oh, and I think nursing professors should make the seriously big bucks. God Bless them all!