Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nursing Shortage Big Disconnect

With the aging of America, it is well known that there will be a shortage of registered nurses and nurse aids to take care of the population.   It is predicted that the shortage of nurses to take care of people will climb to 80,000 by 2015 in California.  California has just 653 registered nurses employed per 100,000 people.  One of the problems is a lack of qualified faculty to teach at Nursing schools.

California was forced to turn away 23,000 qualified applicants from nursing programs during 2008-2009.

And this week, Humboldt State University announced plans to discontinue the school's nursing program because of financial concerns and inability to retain nursing faculty.

Shortage of Nurses and Closing Nurse training programs...now there is a big disconnect.

13 comments:

BrainDame said...

I has always amazed me the lack of planning...we need a national nurse push almost like the national draft=some real support for our future!

CountryMidwife said...

And now nursing professors are going to be required to return to school and get a DNP. Doctor-Nurse ????? Could you speak more on the inanity of this issue?

Jonathan said...

We need the grownups to sit down and have a discussion about what's really important for our future. We appear all to willing to trade butter for guns.

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I would like to add that I have been unable to get hired in OB nursing for the last 2 years and have been living on unemployment. I am in San Diego CA right now and was in the SFBA before last year. No jobs. I believe I have not been hired is because I am over 50 and have been in nursing over 20 years, plus I have was doing travel nursing while in a distance MSN program. Managers are very prejudiced. One asked me for 5 references here. These women are my peers - how do they sleep at night? I am finishing my MSN and will become a provider soon and bypass all this BS and totally leave nursing. I have absolutely NO sympathy for these hospitals and nursing managers.

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