15 Jan 2008 12:08 pm
I knew there was a nursing shortage in this country, but here’s something I didn’t know…
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,