Nursing Workforce Stats Take a Surprising Turn

A nursing study brings hospitals some welcome good news: The number of people ages 23-26 entering nursing is on the rise. The nursing shortage may not be as bad as we feared it would be.

4 comments on "Nursing Workforce Stats Take a Surprising Turn"
Andrew Swartsel (12/8/2011 at 5:22 PM)

RNs with 20 years of experience are being "replaced" with graduate MAs in our area. They can perform tasks, but have no background in theory to guide them in phone triage or other areas where critical thinking is involved. It is difficult to get a job in this area if you are an RN.
Walt (12/6/2011 at 6:47 PM)

If there's any shortage I don't see it in Eugene, OR. Neither of our two hospitals are hiring new grads. If you have a job, you hold onto it tooth and nail. Our community college has way too many qualified applicants for their capacity. Takes 4.00 GPA or higher (possible at Lane Community College), certification as CNA , some public service just to get on their waiting list. Then, few jobs await.
cna classes (12/6/2011 at 5:40 PM)

That is really good. We too have seen an increase in the application submissions in the last 12 months.
Joyce (12/6/2011 at 4:49 PM)

I have two comments. 1. There is not a shortage of nurses, it is the companies that CHOOSE to run with low staffing numbers and 2. LPN's are NURSES too. Even though we are not credited as being "real nurses" WE ARE! We do the same jobs as RN's alot of the time. We go to school and take licensure boards. If the State says we are nurses then why does the public think because we are not RN's we are not nurses??


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