Answers from 100 nurses needed: Which state has the most nursing shortage? - page 3

Everyday, Newspaper talk about nursing shortage. But some nurses in the certain areas can't even get a job quickly or under paid. I wonder where is the shortage at? I want get a good summary to help... Read More

  1. by   John123
    Which states have nursing shortage without the reason of low pay?
  2. by   EricJRN
    Part of the difficulty in comparing salaries is this: We all make different amounts, but cost of living factors into the equation. I may not make as much in Texas as I could in Oregon, but the same house may cost me half as much here as is does in Oregon.
  3. by   John123
    What about North Carolina and Utah?
  4. by   lvnandmomx3
    Quote from NickiLaughs
    California's shortage is pretty big, there's always tons of ads and billboards on the freeways of different hospitals offering all these bonuses. LVN's have a lot of opportunities if they're willing to search a bit.
    I'm in the la area and it is hard to get a job here. Especially LVN. Not to mention the fact that some employers want bilingual and will hire someone who is bilingual with no exp (in a heart beat) over some one with exp that is not bilingual. Before I get stones thrown at me I am not prejudice at all(my kids are mexican american). I just do not think it is fair...........

    I do not think there is a shortage here at all.IMHO
    Last edit by lvnandmomx3 on Apr 2, '08 : Reason: additional info
  5. by   elkpark
    I know hospitals in my area are always running ads for nurses, but still turning down nurses that apply for jobs (c'mon, some of those applicants have got to be qualified ... ) Some of them list so many openings for staff nurses that I can't see how they're managing to keep the hospital operating! I think it's a kind of game that the hospitals play, but I've never really figured out what the point is (I'm not particularly administration-savvy).

    I truly don't believe it's a matter of a nursing shortage as much as it is just a maldistribution of nurses. There are plenty of nurses to go around; it's just that too many of them all want to live in the same few places -- those places are saturated, and other, less desirable areas can't get enough people. Also, we're not even talking about the hundreds of thousands of licensed RNs in the country who just aren't working at present ... The "shortage" is a myth.
  6. by   glamgalRN
    There's def. not a shortage is southeastern PA, not for new nurses at least. Every time I turn around another school is creating a new accelerated nursing program.
  7. by   John123
    Anyone from Utah,NC, NM, Seattle?
  8. by   John123
    Any more answers? Thank you.
  10. by   styRN
    I'm north of the border in Ontario, and the shortage is in a crisis state. Just RNs alone, there are approx 20,000 due to retire this year and only 3,200 new grads pumped out. The average age of a nurse here is almost 50, so the shortage is going to only get worse, with the average age of retirement of nurses here being just above 55. Currently, across Canada, the projected national shortfall of just RNs two years from now is approx 78,000, and by 2015 is projected to have a shortfall of 115,000 RNs. The crisis out in the western provinces is causing recruiters to raid what nurses we do have left in my province, offering huge bonuses to relocate. Sad, since my daughter is entering the BScN program in September.
  11. by   elkpark
    Quote from John123
    Anyone from Utah,NC, NM, Seattle?
    I'm in NC, and, according to the NC Center for Nursing, the state-funded agency that tracks nursing workforce issues in the state, there is officially no nursing shortage in NC, and there hasn't been for several years.
  12. by   Toquay
    The degree of shortage or if there is even a shortage would depend on who answers... nursing or the hosptial. Unless there is a state mandated ratio, I would venture to say most nurses would say they work short. Hospitals that have to follow staffing ratios would have to admit to shortages if they are below the mandated numbers. However if no mandated ratios, then the hospitals will want to work with the least amount of overhead (nurses in their eyes) and not staff adequately and feel there is no shortage since to them it means more money in their pockets. The bottom line is money not the true patient care issues.

    The new medicare billing in October will make it very interesting to see if hospitals will begin to care about actual patient care or just sacrifice what is left of nursing. Nurses and adequate staffing will either be held in higher esteem and valued or they will be blammed and then there will indeed be a shortage. There is a storm brewing.

  13. by   rn2bn07
    I live in Detroit,MI and I got a job as soon as I graduated. There are many hospitals in michigan that are hiring nurses with and without bonuses. The payscale is pretty competitve, but fair in most hospitals here. I don't think I will ever have a problem getting a job here, if I wanted to switch hospitals.