Quote from purpletouch
that's what you thought, but statistics show otherwise. you must be the one living in a different universe and never had a leadership nursing course in your nursing program. your comment had nothing to do at all with the question i posted. management and leadership does not solely rest with administrators and high level managers. nurses at the bedside could also practice leadership and management skills.
i've posted many times on the topic of the nursing "shortage" and would urge you to look through the archives to get some background. i'd also suggest you peruse the bureau of labor statistics (bls) website a bit more closely and look at some the various state labor reporting sites as well as bon sites. you'll find that for nearly every metropolitan area of the country, there is an oversupply of nurses that continues to grow due to increases in nursing school enrollment. while there is a nursing shortage in some scattered smaller metro areas and in some rural areas, the overall numbers of nurses needed are relatively small due to the small populations involved.
the bls recently qualified their previous rosy statement on nursing employment to read "overall job opportunities are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting;
some employers report difficulty in attracting and retaining an adequate number of rns." the first part of the statement is relatively accurate - for experienced nurses, the job market really is fair to excellent, depending on geographic location. the situation is quite different for new grads looking for their first nursing job however, and both unemployment and underemployment rates are well above the 8+% national average. the latter part of the statement is also accurate - for hospitals in parts of the dakotas, rural texas and a few other places. for the more populated parts of the country: ca, ny, ct, ma, fl, md, de nj urban/suburban tx, pa, etc., any nursing shortage ended some years ago.