What is it with nurses? Are there too few of them, with shortages looming? Or are there plenty to go around? Which is it?
A decade ago, the specter of the baby boom generation approaching old age led to predictions of a looming nursing shortage.
The AMA's journal
weighed in at the end of 2008 with a dire prediction from Dr. Peter Buerhaus, a top workforce analyst. "...A large and prolonged shortage of nurses is expected to hit the US in the latter half of the next decade," he said.
Now, a few years later, a number of recent studies leave us wondering, well, what's up with nurses?