Is there a nursing shortage?

  1. 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 ...
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  3. by   nurse2033
    If you ask a journalist, yes, ask a nurse, no.
  4. by   groovy jeff
    not so much a nursing shortage as much as an experienced nurse shortage. also pre-2007-2008 the shortage was predicted due to the average age of a nurse was 48-50 years old. what they didn't reckon on was the economy.
  5. by   MrChicagoRN
    I found this to be a good article:

    "I've come across comments on various nursing websites highlighting difficulties for new grads finding jobs and thought some economic perspective might be helpful.

    First, as you can see below, the RN unemployment rate is very low, somewhere below 2%, which is quite remarkable. Looking forward, the demand for RN's will continue to grow at an average 2.2% per year, with supply of RN's short of demand through 2018..."
  6. by   girl81
    I was told that TX is in need of nurses. Does anyone know if this is true?

    TIA, God bless.
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from nurse2033
    If you ask a journalist, yes, ask a nurse, no.
    Pretty accurate IMHO.
  8. by   commonsense
    Quote from girl81
    I was told that TX is in need of nurses. Does anyone know if this is true?

    TIA, God bless.
    I'm down in Tx but I'm not sure if we have a shortage of nurses. I'll be a new grad in 2012 and it seems most of the students who have recently graduated are having a tough time finding a job. If you got the experience though, it's a whole 'nother ball game.
  9. by   girl81
    Thank you Commonsense.
  10. by   elainef
    Suppostly it isi but in fact I do not think. I am over three months looking for job, over 200 applications and not even an interview... shortage for experienced nurses but for the rest of us NOT!
  11. by   wyosamRN
    I think there are plenty of areas where there is a shortage, at least in the west. There are so many nursing programs in highly populated areas that those get flooded constantly. Look rural, find a spot where there is only one program within a hundred miles, and jobs are plentiful.

    I worked a half a year as an LPN due to moving. Back for my last year now, and I get a job offer at every clinical site- Both for full time work after graduation, and also offering me hours as an LPN.


  12. by   Anniehow
    Thanks for the article MrChicagoRN! I will be a new grad in December (worried about by job prospects) and that article has a very interesting spin on the current job market.
  13. by   Slpask
    Nursing shortage: per my Manager NO.. per the lack of qualified interviews and implementation of the the sign on bonus.. MUST BE!
  14. by   Yosemite, RN
    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 : Reason: misspelling