from the perspective of nurses such a shortage is not necessarily a bad thing. I'm sure that most of you would agree that given the choice of a shortgage or over abundence the former is preferable by far. Indeed, as nurses it may be in our best interest to perpetuate, and exasperate that shortgage by pushing for higher educational standards, and fewer substitutes (to hiring sufficient nurses) by health care providers. Consider, that the "shortage" could probably be ameliorated if the average "salary" would jump by 25% to 50% percent.
Now if I was a political canidate, or a hospital administrator my perspective might very well be different. However, instead I am a nurse (or more correctly an aspiring nurse in the midst of getting my BSN). Therefore I will advocate the position most beneficial to myself, and my family. This is how our country operates like it or not. Various interest groups (nurses, Dr's, Lawyers, teachers, and politicians) COMPETE for precious resources via a plethora of methods. These methods can range from PR, and unionization to legislative lobbying, to more subtle forms such as raising accredidation standards for professional schools
(as has been recently witnessed with pharmacists where the standard has become a six year Pharm D degree as opposed to the previous five year one). If nurses are to prosper they too must "play the game" in the most expert manner possible. It's just capitalism.