One, the focus is on STEM. The government is pushing people to choose degrees where there is a perceived demand and it is because the stats of students who have defaulted on the student loans are from those that pursued Art, Music, Dance, Psych, Business, History, Humanities etc etc etc ...
Second there continues to be this notion of a massive "Nursing Shortage"
almost as if it is becoming an emergency!
The president of the United States
addressed this and called on Americans to address this emergency, and Americans are responding to this call in droves.... "We are short 500,000 Nurses" was told Obama.
Obama Addresses Nursing Shortage - YouTube
btw I reject that "caring" is only something that Nurses do. Doctors care, Respiratory therapist care, Physical therapists care, X-ray techs care, Nuclear Medicine Techs care, Cath techs care. We are a team working for the benefit of "our" patients..