Not for nothing, but 40k to 50k may be "good income" for Phila, but that is barely middle class in NYC.
The article does make some excellent points, especially about nursing shortages running in cycles, and regarding the trend of nursing jobs
outside of hospitals.
There really needs to be some national involvement to address the problems new grads are having. Medicare pays for physican training, and it would be good if something along those lines could be done for nursing. Maybe some sort of tax credit to assist hospitals in covering the cost of hiring and training new grads.
In tight financial times, hospitals are very reluctant to spend the funds and time on training "unproven" (if that is the proper word), graduate nurses, and or nurses with little or no experience. It can cost upwards of 30k to train a new grad, money that is down the drain if she does not pass the NCLEX, and or does not last long enough for the hospital to recoup it's investment. This is has been long been true for all businesses, and now that hospitals are operating more along those lines it has caught up with them as well.
The real fly in the ointment is going to be what the health care landscape looks like once this current "crisis" ends. Hospitals by and large were the largest employers of nurses, and that scene is changing. Changes in populations, demographics and economics probably means more acute care hospitals will either close, merge or scale down. Population shifts into the South, SouthEast and West means there could be new or expanded hospitals in those areas, but not every nurse can pack up and move house.
Finally there is the increasing use of unlicensed or "techs", that hospitals have found as a boon to increase productivity in nursing, without actually hiring more RNs. Seems like each month brings a new sort of "tech" on the scene that is peeling away yet another nursing function.