i am currently working on prerequisites for a nursing program that i hope to start in about 2 years. i'll finish either in the summer of 2009 or the spring of 2010, depending on where i go.
i was told by a woman the other day who's daughter is a nurse that by the time i finish school, because so many people are going to nursing school
, that by the time i finish, the shortage will be nonexistant, there will in fact be a surplus, and i won't ever find a job.
has anyone else heard this? what do you think...true or false?
Sep 4, '06
Everything I have read indicates that the need for RNs will remain for the next generation. As the baby boom generation ages and as nurses retire the need is going to be there.
will be hard pressed to meet these needs.
This women is incorrect.
Last edit by Tweety on Sep 4, '06
Sep 4, '06
In addition to the factors the above posters have mentioned, the woman who gave you the advice is wrong on several accounts. There really is not a nursing shortage right now. There are plenty of nurses today who can fill open positions; they do not want too! By the time you get into nursing these issues will continue to exist.
The demand for nurses now is not like the Internet Technology Boom of the 90s, where everyone choose to enter the field due to current growth and pay. Later to find that in the early 2000s a localized economic crash ("bubble burst") would cause him/her to be out of work and qualified people exiting college unable to find work.
There will still be a huge number of Registered Nurses who do not choose to work as Registered Nurses (at least not bedside). There will still be a huge number of students vs a small number of spots because of a lack of RNs wanting to work as instructors. There will also be a big number in the US population continuing to age and refusing to die. I am sure there are other factors I have not mentioned that support this theory.
So don't worry. If it makes you feel better check the Labor Bureau and google other websites to read up on projected growth in the field of nursing. The last time I checked the demand for nurses will continue to rise through 2012. I have not read any projections that show a leveling off period any time soon. So, I have no idea where the woman whose daughter is a nurse got her information. Rumor? Uninformed opinion? Misinformation? :wink2:
Last edit by SummerGarden on Sep 4, '06