As a nursing school instructor your bias might be pro nursing school and pro hospital.
No, I am really pro-student.
I am the one with them in the trenches all day. I am the one who writes their letters of recommendation. I am the one who stays with them after class/after clinical to make sure they are confident in their information and clinical skills. I am the one who loves to hear their success stories and I am the one who brings home less money than my other MSN/DNP counterparts because I love what I do. I am so grateful to have found my calling. I, nor any one I know is saying there is a shortage. Sure the media and old nursing articles are reporting as so, but our area sees first hand what happens to the students if they can't find what they need. (BTW, publication can take a great deal of time so an article that was published in 2009 might really contain 2006 or 2007 statistics.)
nursing schools and hospitals have been pushing on us for years.
And lumping all nursing schools in one batch is unfair. It is like saying all ADN's are "X" or all BSN grads are "that." There should definitely be some significant reviews of the types of schools out there and maybe that would solve part of the problem of the overpopulation of new nurses. Good nursing schools require more than a pulse for admission. The university I teach at has been around since the 1930's and it is very well-respected and our nurses come out very well-prepared. Should we shut our
doors because of a shortage?
And "enough of what already?" This non-shortage has only been going on for a couple of years. A normal downturn takes four-five years to push through. Late 70's, early 90's and here we are again in 2011. Everyone is having a hard time finding jobs.
And it is regional. We have 2 new hospitals opening in the area and another one just opened up 3 months ago. Here is a link for just one system that is hiring over 100 RNs