Is there in fact a nursing shortage? If so please tell me where. I know respite work is important ... but I'd feel more comfortable knowing if this is a truth ...
If you ask hospital administrators, they will tell you: "YES! Of COURSE!" as they want to tip the supply and demand axiom, creating only part-time and per-diem postions for nurses where we compete for jobs in an economy where they don't have to pay cost of living increases, keeping everyone hungry for additional shifts even if we have to float or take assignments we're not comfortable with.
If you talk to many new grads who have student loans to pay off, nurses who have to change specialties or re-enter the workforce, they will tell you a resounding: "NO!"
We MAY have a nursing shortage in the future, but with all the new grads, foreign nurses, nurses trying to re-enter practice, it will be a long time coming. The "nursing shortage," in my humble opinion, is and was a sham by the health care industry (and possibly the nurses unions) to flood the market, making each of us less valuable as a commodity. After all, in the BUSINESS of health care, we are viewed as overpaid technicians that stand in the way of further profits (or the need for further profits if you consider the unions).
Last edit by Yosemite, RN on Sep 30, '11
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