The basic question that you ask is very loaded. Is there a nursing SCHOOL shortage? Yes and no. The problem is multifaceted: there are many nursing programs but they only allow so many students to enter due to predictions of how the market will respond and availability of professors to teach. The professors are, just like nursing population in general, getting older. As they retire and/or move into new positions they need replaced, and not alot of people are jumping on that band wagon.
Why? Well, some is people usually need a masters to teach full time and get tenure at a good university. Entrance in to masters programs is down and has been for a while. Why? Again lack of masters prepared and PHD nurses to teach. I work with a girl who is in the process of getting her masters only to find out that when she graduates she
A) will have a hard time finding a job. (only so many MDS hire NPs and she will need to actively sell herself for the position. And BELIEVE IT OR NOT the market is flooded with NPS in some areas, the NE is one.)
B) more than likey she will make the same money as a pre-masters degree RN. (especially in the beginning. I have heard alot of NPs either working for free or for substandard wages until they prove themselves.)
The second piece is the market. Right now we are going into a nursing crunch. Consider this only 2 years ago new nurses coming out could barely get a job in a nursing home (not that there is anything wrong with nursing homes) let alone a hospital. The hospitals WOULD NOT TOUCH a new grad. Now this year at my place, as everywhere else, it seems all the new ones coming in are new grads. We have even HIRED NEW GRADS TO STAFF THE ER. So the real question what happened in two years to create such an influx.
I think we have to look at the nursing staff that is already out there they know the answer and its all over this board. Hard work, low pay etc, etc. This is not the way to encourage people into our profession by touting how hard we work and how little respect we get, but sadly it is reality.
AHHH! Now back to the nursing schools. Another point of contention. How many of you were told that nursing school was easy, and a place were one would get alot of faculty support. Be truthful.
I know i wasnt told that. I was told nursing school would be alot of hard work. (That of course, I found acceptable) Once i started researching programs that is when I found out that INSTRUCTORS EAT THEIR YOUNG. (So i was careful of my school selection.)
THIS brings us to another statement you made. You summized that because your class 10-15 students above what it allowed that there must be a school shortage. I dont dispute that, but let me ask you how many of you actually graduated? Of my class we started with 50. The max clinical spaces in the junior year was 30 and in the senior year there were only 25 slots. Most of us knew that. We were to be weeded out. If you will. So we started with 50 and amazingly, Im being facisious, we graduated with 25.
The school expects some people to fail. I doubt that we would find any nurse who could say they dont remember at least one instructor from school who was the TERMINATOR. You remember her the one who would go after people and hope they fail. Boy, i remember her, luckily she was not interested in me. However, i sure felt sorry for the ones she went after. (We lost 8 people during one semester, all in her class).
Your last question. What GPA to get in?
Mine was a 4.0, but we had one girl who had a 2.7. She made it. The schools usually like the higher the better. Our average was probably around a 3.5. With that GPA any program at the school will take you. So if someone is turned down by nursing, and we all know alot are, they dont need to reapply next year any other program will welcome them. So from this stand point it would appear that there arent enough nursing schools if all these people are applying but cant get in, but will all those that apply make a good nurse? And will the market support it? Checks and balances.
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