Is there really a "nursing shortage" - Page 2Register Today!
- Feb 6 by elkparkThere was a supposed nursing shortage quite a few years ago, and states all jacked up their nursing programs at that time to compensate for the supposed shortage. Then the economy tanked. Now there is a glut of new grads on the market, many of whom are having significant difficulty finding a nursing job at all, and even experienced RNs are having a lot of trouble in some places. I think it will be quite a while before there is another true "shortage."
- Feb 6 by mandilee428The outlook for nurses, even new grad nurses is definitely better than for teachers or social workers. There is less and less money being spent on education, where I live in upstate New York, you can't even find substitute positions!
- Feb 6 by pmabrahamGood day:
Nursing Shortage a "Myth", New Survey Suggests just came out yesterday.
I've read similar articles for the past few weeks.
Personally, I'm not letting such news discourage me (I recently applied to nursing school for their RN program) as this can change over time; and as I'm sure will vary from region of the country to region of the country.
- Feb 6 by nursel56There is absolutely no nursing shortage in California. In fact, upon reading this board we may be one of the most impacted by this, as we also seem to be the first choice of foreign-trained nurses. There's a long "support for unemployed new grads in California" thread here.
I was going to link to the survey pmabraham did (thanks!)
Recently, allnurses teamed with CNN and money reporter Annalyn Kurtz, which is very well done. It's always best to do lots of research into this with as many sources as you can, as statements and predictions in nursing these days are all over the map.
CNN article on nurses and job growth
- Feb 6 by malamud69Been talking to a bunch of old time/long time nurses I know...they see it like this...all things move in cycles...some years its up some years its down...And they have been seeing the same thing for 40 years!Its what you make of it. There will always be nay sayers. People are essentially scared/superstitious/misinformed- what have you... and the media does not help...so stay true to your path and you will find your niche.
- Feb 6 by ♪♫ in my ♥Quote from Topher53I couldn't speak for our neighbors to the North but there is NO SHORTAGE at all in California. I think it's mostly due to (1) generally excellent compensation, (2) fabulous weather, and (3) legally mandated RATIOS.I heard the shortage is mainly on the west coast.
- Feb 6 by MJeanRNSure there is...if by "nursing shortage", you mean that the hospitals are requiring nurses to take on more and more patients and increase work loads without staffing much needed additional help. It's not because there aren't enough nurses to fill the positions, it's because hiring more nurses affects the bottom line. The nursing shortage exists in hospitals looking to save money. Hospitals are consistently short staffed, which has translated to the media that more nurses are needed. While this is true in some areas, it is self-imposed by many hospitals who are not willing to hire additional staff.
- Feb 7 by laylasmomWow thanks so much for all this great info! It really give me a much better perspective!