From the PBS Newshour:
Breathe a little easier, baby boomers. The nursing shortage that looked like it might deepen just in time for your retirement may not be so certain after all.
According to a report published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, young registered nurses are now entering the workforce at a rate not seen since the 1970s.
After peaking at 190,000 in 1979, the number of RNs between the ages of 23 and 26 plummeted below 110,000 in the early '90s. That's a drop of about 50 percent, bottoming out at 102,000 in 2002.
There is a video related to the story at the bottom of the page below:
AN Members, what are your thoughts on this article? Please respond below
In the city where I live the local privately funded hospital hires the new BSN grads. It is the public hospital that will hire the new ADN's. The job postings I see all state "one year experience required", but if we don't start somewhere, how will we ever gain any experience?? It makes no sense. ~Melissa
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Dec 6, '11
by nursel56 Guide
My opinion is if you want to find out what's really going on in nursing come to allnurses instead of watching PBS specials, reading Wall Street Journal bloggers and think tank specialists. It's really hard to take them seriously when they seem to always choose what they want to be the truth first and set about finding ways to bolster that thing.
If one statement they make turns out to be just vaporous self-interested hogwash they'll move the target a little bit and proceed onward. It's as if they have to be dragged to the truth. As far as I'm concerned they've already forfeited their credibility.
There are a number of statements made there by the experts that I find hard to believe. How is it that this surge of new nurses was such an unexpected shock? I'm sorry - if you say you can tell us exactly how many nurses will not be around (crisis!!) and where they will be in 10, 15 or 20 years you can certainly figure out a way to count how many students are set to graduate right now in 2011, just as you could've in 2010, 2009 . . .etc.
They also claim that nurses are not mobile or willing to relocate, resulting in hospitals who are supposedly desperate for nurses. Where? Please tell us!
It's interesting to note that these media reports are largely focussed on the future and seem to be geared toward the consumer ~ who they would have us believe is gripped by a terror that there won't be enough nurses when he or she retires in 5 or 10 years.
If I were a struggling new grad I'd be upset by that too. People who work for think tanks, universities and prestigious media entities are highly creative, brilliant people. It would be nice if they could direct some of that to those nurses they expect to take care of them then towards helping them survive what's happening right now.
note: some of this relates to another nursing news item "Whither the Nursing Shortage" by netglow
Last edit by nursel56 on Dec 6, '11