#RN’s are, arguably, already at 0% unemployment. Good for them! Bad for the rest of us.
That nurse shortage in 2007? It’s back and it’s worse! Hospitals across the country have orders-of-magnitude more jobs being advertised on their websites than they did 2 years ago. And #Registered Nurses are in the thick of it.
Readmissions will destroy the thin margins at hospitals and RNs are the backbone on the floor. ADN’s provide short-term help while they complete their BSN. LPN’s and MA’s aren’t the answer.
We all know why: Boomers are retiring faster than RNs are graduating. And the buck stops at the state legislature. They have to increase the number of instructors (aka pay them more than they’re getting on the floor) and they’re loathe to increase spending until it’s too late.
It doesn’t look pretty to this Boomer. It looks ugly if you’re Gen X or a Millennial. Is there anything we can do besides writing letters?