Quote from chuckster
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Assuming the Wikipedia info is correct, the trend for the foreseeable future is:
1) A continued oversupply of nurses;
2) Reduced RN staffing by hospitals;
3) Increased use of UAP by those same hospitals and;
4) RN wage stagnation or possibly even reductions.
All things discussed at one time or another here in the forum.
It would be nice if both nursing education and the profession at large were on the same page in this country, but alas no such luck.
In many areas including the federal government (witness how many times the current and previous administrations turn to nursing as a "career change" for those recently or long term unemployed), nursing is seen as a vocational job with grads to be churned out regardless of local need.
OTOH you have a massive push for advance degree nurses (also coming in part from the federal government) to help fill the voids where primary care physicans are in short supply, and or simply feel are areas not worth them bothering.
Finally as one has stated often and will continue saying so, it is the healthcare facilities/hospital systems that have more power over the nursing profession than anyone else. For it is they who hire and conduct post graduate training of nearly all nurses in this country.
Everyone thought once staffing levels were madated in CA things would settle down and healthcare facilities would simmer down and behave themselves. Well as the events of the past few weeks and others before have proved *that* is far from happening.
Will say one thing for the Wikipedia entry, they are correct in that the profession needs to attract vastly more young (as in post college or high school age) persons into the profession. It is all very well for career change and otherwise motivated persons >35 years of age to become nurses. However to have any sort of stability one requires young people to enter a thing and stick with it.