Haebler says lower-skilled healthcare workers might seem logical candidates to train and advance in the nursing ranks, but it's not that easy. "It has nothing to do with the fact that there is not access or availability. A lot of it has to do with basic education," she says.
"Nursing requires a strong background in sciences and many of these individuals did not choose the professional nursing route to begin with because they did not have that strong background. You have to have a foundation in chemistry and biology before you can take anatomy and physiology and nutrition and microbiology. Many people are thwarted because they have to go back and deal with the basics that they missed in high school. So many of the people had to struggle, they got discouraged."