All I can say is that though the US news reports a nursing shortage, in reality, hospitals are forcing nurses to work short-staffed in order to save money.
The reality in the US employment scene is that many, many nurses are out of work, can't find a job.
Unemployment in the US is at all time high:
What you will find is that though the government says there is a nursing shortage, in reality, hospitals are not hiring due to the lack of reimbursement and the need to save money.
What this means in reality is that a nurse who worked at a hospital 10 years ago on a med-surg floor was responsible for 4-5 patients. Nowadays, its not uncommon to be responsible for 6-10 patients. So, the hospital is saving money.