here's helpful information for every ph parent/student still looking at nursing as a career. schools are only too happy to accept your enrollment fees, but have you taken a close look at the bleak future employment prospects in the usa of a nurse? nothing lasts forever.
nursing shortage is over in u.s. until retirement glut hits[font=book antiqua]from bloomberg business week (link)
by nicole ostrow on march 22, 2012
a nursing shortage in the u.s. that led to a decade-long push for new hires and more graduates in the field is over, at least until 2020 when a glut of retirees will leave a new gap to fill, researchers said.
the number of full-time nurses grew by about 386,000 from 2005 to 2010 and about a third of the growth occurred as unemployment rose to a high of 10 percent during that period, according to a report published in the new england journal of medicine.
the increase in the nursing workforce from 2005 to 2010 was the largest of any five-year period during the last 40 years, the authors said. hospitals began experiencing a shortage of nurses in 1998, according to the american hospital association in 2002.
"it's really been a long-standing shortage," douglas staiger, the study author and a professor of economics at dartmouth college in hanover, new hampshire, said in a march 19 telephone interview. "probably for the first time in memory there were actually reports of nurses having difficulty finding jobs and reports from hospitals of almost a glut of nurses."
in the early part of this century, many registered nurses were leaving the profession saying they were overworked, underpaid and unable to provide good patient care, according to a 2002 report in the new england journal of medicine. hospitals responded by encouraging people to become nurses by offering more benefits, signing bonuses, scholarships and tuition reimbursement.