"In our impoverished area of North Carolina, we have a record number of students WANTING to get into our ADN class this fall (340 applicants so far). Unfortunately, we can only accomodate 40."
And, of course, like Puerto Rico, Ireland, Phillipines, South Africa, etc. once you train them there is nothing to keep these nurses from leaving the state for a better-paying job elsewhere. Simply training nurses can never be enough.
The working conditions and pay have to attract and keep people, and with 2.2 million RNs already licensed in this country, we have more than enough nurses right now, it seems to me. If North Carolina, or any other state wants more nurses, it would be better off to offer these working conditions, rather than squander its money on training, IMHO.