Did you click on the link in the article that brings you to the report? I read through it and it doesn't seem to be anything more than pretty charts that make it seem like MA hospitals are severely understaffed.
What kills me is that the report is from the Mass Hospital Assoc. and the Organization of Nurse Leaders MA & RI. You would think that at the very least, the Organization of Nurse Leaders would want the truth to be out there in the public. I think that this article and the report associated with it have done nothing more than muddy the waters even more about the "nursing shortage".
Don't get me wrong, I would love it if the article and report were really on to something because a shortage would mean better treatment of nurses (wages, hours, benefits, incentives) But as someone who is about to start their first semester of nursing school
, it is discouraging to me to see the press printing a story like this with documentation from authoritative sounding sources. I am already concerned about getting a job after graduation because now even the smaller hospitals in the area are all starting to require BSN's. (My program is an ADN)