I fully believe that the intentional over-saturation of the nursing market was orchestrated by hospitals and nursing homes to diminish the growing power and unionizing of the nursing profession!!
Just look at what has happened in the past decade. As more and more nurses have unionized, demanded better pay and benefits, and is some cases, fewer patients per nurse (pseudo-nursing ratios), nursing numbers have dramatically increased. Nursing programs
and enrollment have shyrocketed!
With the increased number of available nurses, the power of nurses has decreased. As hospitals have had a more difficult time bringing in foreign nurses, aka as indentured servants, their only alternative is to incease the number of nurses in the pipeline.
Think about it. Think outside the box. As nurses have continued to shun union membership, hospitals have worked on disempowering the nursing profession. I have no doubt that there is collusion between hospitals and the nursing "leadership'. in the ANA and the State Boards of Nursing. They are turning us in on one hand, and then patting us on the back and telling us how our nursing skills will be SO valuable in the future after the baby boomers retire, and the nursing ranks stand empty of nurses!! Stabbing us in the back is what they are doing!
I will again say, that if nursing had finally come to its senses in the 1990's, with the advent of, "care redesign", and the massive amounts of nurses laid off, our professional practice deskilled, never to be regained, we would not be dealing with this now. We missed a golden opportunity to finally regain control of our profession, and lead nursing where WE want to see it.
Also, if we would increase the entry into practice to a BSN, new nurses would take longer to graduate, fewer individuals would enter the profession (because it would not be seen as an EASY two year degree to a good paying profession). The higher entrance requirements would stem the flow of new nurses. It worked for PTs, OTs, Pharmacists, and it would work for nurses.
We would also have the ability to improve the programs that are producing nurses. This is VERY important because it seems that the curriculum and pre-requisites, have been dumbed down dramaticlly.
As usual, this is JMHO and my $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW