I can't comment on the nursing shortage except thanks to these boards and other personal issues I have decided to discontinue the pre-req path and continue practicing law instead of going down a thankless path. Beating your wall against the walls hurts. So one less BSN out there. Maybe I will just try to be a better lawyer and help people that way.
However -- I will comment that the above is a very well-written article and so true as far as the family dynamics and poor physician advice that keep individuals on life support to no avail. I am sure you are aware of the studies re how much of our health care money is spent on the last few months of life.