As a student we are constantly being given a heavy dose of the current nursing shortage and how much worse it is going to get in the next ten or so years. Also compounding this is the ever rising cost of health insurance, and hospitals becoming mega corporations. Any nurse is going to be over worked with the shortage. Where is the RN gong to fit into all of this, I am not one that sees initials after a name as being better trained or more worthy, but many do and as nurses become fewer and fewer where are we going to be in the health care setting, will we do team nursing that takes the RN away from direct pt care or do you see it staying the same way. Do not read into this question, LPN's can do everything we can do, it is just that most hopitals limit the LPN in their practice w/o an RN around and insurance companies usually pay more with RN's as primary nurses. I am intrested in see what has changed already and what you see in the future. Thanks Mark.