well, if there aint a shortage right now, then there will be considering that the average age of a nurse is over 50 years old. pretty soon they will retire and academia salary isnt competitive enough to draw in more nurse educators. i remember reading somewhere that by 2015 or so, the US nursing schools will have to graduate/supply 90% more nurses in order to keep up with demand. lets say that they do somehow supply 90% more nurses, how many of those new grad nurses are willing to work sucky jobs in which the nursing shortage are prevalent in? i dont know whats going to happen to the future of nursing, atleast working environment is concerned, but im want to change that and promote the success of nursing.
by the way, these numbers arent the actually numbers, but these are what i remember from the article i read not too long ago.