Live chat: Nursing shortage myths and misperceptions

  • felix

    Nursing jobs cannot be outsource,people are living longer with multiple comorbidities,the demand for nurses is only going to go up,there are regional variation in the demand for nurses but overall there is still a chronic shortage of nurses ,also note that almost 50% of nurses are approaching or about to retire.also note that the shortage is not only here in the US ,I have had multiple calls from a staffing agency in Australia trying to buy me over with even more lucrative benefits.My advice to new grads is to be flexible be willing to flow where the jobs are

  • janice M. watkins

    I am 64 years old and licensed as a Registered Nurse. I think unless and until the term, “nurse”, is well defined and understood by the general public, your question is bound to get no factual answers. Also, I think, currently, the term, “Nursing Shortage” is so broadly defined that all your question attracts is an interesting dialog.

    Thank you for including me in the discussion.


    Janice M. Watkins, R.N., B.S.N.

  • Nancy Zhao

    ditto – Janice M Watkins Also I have had noted hospitals and nsg homes who short staff the floor and blame “the nursing shortage” . The “nursing shortage is an excuse for hospitals to spend less on patient care and demand longer hours and heavier patient loads.

  • Regina

    It is late now

    but I will still tell you what I am experiencing.

    I have worked at several places since I became an LPN 3 years ago.

    I think as an LPN one can find work, if one is not too choosy

    But many of my co-workers are looking for work and find it hard to get a good job.

    Employers are VERY demanding, and they certainly appear to have the upper hand in this economy