Of course this is america, and as long as done within in legal boundries, a business is allowed (and usually encouraged) to open, run and ideally profit. So with that in mind, why should anyone discourage the opening of more schools as long as they can recruit enough business to keep their doors open right? But if that's the case, then by what means was it justified to require a minimum NCLEX pass rate of these same schools? As long as any of their students can pass it the first time around, what obligation do they have to ensure most of them do? If a school gets a reputation for having low NCLEX pass rates, prospective students would find out and most likely steer clear. Obviously someone felt it was necessary to intervene.
As far as if I am contributing to the problem, I guess one would have to define what the problem is then, eh? For me, it's ever increasing private-for-profit schools that are popping up on every corner, charging 3-4x more for an associates degree then what your typical community college or state university will charge. So with those guidelines, then no, I am not. I attend a competitive entrance state univesity who's nursing program has been around for 20+ years. But other's will disagree (and possibly be offended, to which I apologize, that's not my intent). Let's face it, a lot of people want to get into nursing. I don't care why someone wants to be a nurse, but current hiring conditions fail to support all those who feel that way. People want to be nurses, not just nursing students, so the real demand is not being supplied anyways.