Quote from TheCommuter
Here are the problems. A huge portion of these licensed nurses are not working. Many of these licensed nurses abandon the nursing field altogether due to burnout, poor working conditions, and other issues that deserve some sociological research. Additionally, our greatest healthcare needs are at the bedside, but there are too many nurses in management and not enough who are willing to do the 'dirty work' at the bedside. In other words, there are too many 'chiefs' and not enough 'indians'.
There is no shortage of nurses; rather, there's a shortage of nurses who will put up with the crap at the bedside.
I totally agree with this but, with only one exception. Aging baby boomers are increasing demand for RN's to the point that it could very well exceed even the number of RN's who are refusing to work at the bedside for all of the above mentioned reasons. So we could eventually have a "real" shortage. Maybe not now, but in the future.
As for night weekend programs ... etc. My school is doing that, but the only way they could afford it is by getting the hospitals to pay for it. In return, the students have to sign five year contracts, which basically amounts to indentured servitude. These contract deals are so bad it's pathetic.
As for foreign RN's ... the hospitals in my area who don't pay well are always the ones who have to hire foreign nurses because ... duh ... no U.S. RN will work for those low wages.
I don't think it would matter how many new grads you would turn out, nobody .... new grad or otherwise .... is going to work for pathetic wages when they've got so many other, better paying options.