15 Jan 2008 12:08 pm

A Note on the Nursing Shortage

I knew there was a nursing shortage in this country, but here’s something I didn’t know…

Kim at Emergiblog wrote in her latest post, A Notice for the POTUS:

Oh, there is no dearth of potential nurses in the United States. There are so many applicants that nursing students are often chosen by lottery and many wait years to get into a program.

There is not enough space in our current nursing programs, because there aren’t enough nursing educators.

On the one hand, it is comforting to know that there are still young people seeking to enter this most noble of professions. I was under the impression that the lack of nurses was due solely to the fact that it is a difficult and challenging job… both physically and emotionally… and that not enough people were willing to go that route. I didn’t realize that the real problem was one of logistics.

(Oops, just got interrupted by a phone call and now I can’t remember what I was going to write next.) Oh well, suffice it to say…

Let’s hope that the powers that be will heed Kim’s message and take the necessary steps to attract more qualified nursing instructors to help fill this void.

All for now,
Dean

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5 Responses to “A Note on the Nursing Shortage”

  1. on 16 Jan 2008 at 5:45 pm 1.alex said …

    Great Blog I always have a good time reading it. It’d be great if someone knew about this site http://www.earthlab.com ? I have used their carbon calculator and it seems pretty legit? Has anyone else used it? They are partners with live earth and Al Gore so it must be pretty credible? If anyone else has done digging on this let me know. Oh and I got a score of 289 on their test…lower than the average in my state! Whoop whoop!

  2. on 16 Jan 2008 at 6:10 pm 2.Dean said …

    Hi alex, Thanks for the comment and the link. Interesting site. I will have to explore it more closely one of these days.

  3. on 28 Mar 2008 at 11:57 am 3.NurseBloggerOnline said …

    This is very true, not enough nurse instructors to get more nursing graduates, causing the nurse shortage in this country.

  4. on 03 May 2008 at 1:06 am 4.Ann said …

    The current nursing shortage in the United States is evidenced by fewer nurses entering the profession, fewer nursing faculty and fewer nurses adequately prepared to function in present-day culture.

    The neophyte nurse’s entry into professional practice is often plagued with heavy patient caseloads, lack of mentoring, and extremely high organizational expectations.

    So what is the proposed solution?

  5. on 07 May 2008 at 10:31 pm 5.Dean said …

    Hi Ann, I wish I had a ready solution.

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