There is no nursing shortage. There is a shortage of nurses who are willing to work in the present conditions for the pay and benefits that are offered. Either the conditions need to change or the pay needs to change. Hospitals are hoping the conditions are temporary and are thus hesitant to raise pay ranges. Hospitals are not complacent, they are complicit in the shortage.
Yes there is nursing shortage. There are multiple reasons for it. Some people who graduate don't like the 24/7, weekends/holidays part of things so move onto ancillary RN positions. Yes some people go back to school to get advanced degrees, taking them out of the hospital pool. And then there are the one's who are choosing to travel (lots of $$, poor benefits). But we are truly not graduating enough Rn's. There are not enough schools, partly because there aren't enough instructors with the experience and knowledge base to teach. And that's because the pay stinks. The longer you work in nursing the more you get paid and the salary of a nursing instructor is sometimes half what you make in the hospital, which is not a living wage.
And yes - we need management to care more for their staff. I've been doing this for 40 years and while the $ is good, that is not what keeps people. They need to know that they are appreciated and supported, which means different things to different people. Of course, they are not asked what would be meaningful for them.
I wish I lived and worked in 1 of these states y’all are speaking about that do not have a nursing shortage! There is absolutely a devastating nursing shortage in many states in the USA which will double if not triple within the next TWO years! Andy Beshear ,Kentucky's governor declared the state's chronic nursing shortage to be an emergency Thursday! The state of Kentucky is projected to need more than 16,000 additional nurses by 2024, to help fill gaps caused by retirements and people leaving the profession. This has been trending for many years but no one seemed to actual care until a pandemic happens and people are worried they will not hav eaves to care! The AVERAGE AGE of a nurse in the United States is 48-50 years old!! NEARLY HALF of ALL nurses are OVER the 50 YEARS OLD. More than 1/2 of the RN population was reaching retirement age 2 years before the pandemic and I can not blame them for taking their leave during this madness to leave the profession However, this left a devastating crevasse in the already strain RN shortage. The bedside and critical care conditions of ONE N95 mask issued per 6 months and patient care load responsibilities in the hospitals are terrifying and criminal! There were times even during this pandemic where I was expected to take a 16-20 patient care load on my licensure and expected to not have any concerns and threatened to be charged with patient abandonment by administrators when expressing concerns for these patients health and safety. The nursing shortage has nothing to do with hospitals not wanting to pay more experienced nurses; it’s because nobody in the right mind would want to go into a profession where you get treated like trash; NEVER get paid what you are actually worth; have bosses and administrators whom are not healthcare providers and haven’t spent more than 15min on a hospital unit ,make decisions about how you do your job; spend all day either getting cussed out by either a doctor, patient, and patient family members; being mandated to work over time every week because there is NO staff; and not get that 5 cent raise at the end of the year because you clocked in 1 min late 3 times in 12 months. If the entire healthcare culture does not swiftly this shortage will effect the entire USA and access to healthcare will become even more of a burden than it already is. I left bedside nursing to become a nurse practitioner before COVID19, with the nursing shortage so dire straits I was forced back into bedside nursing to work the covid units for the past 2 years, and I would Not allow anyone I cared about to go to school to be a nurse. I use to love what I did 10 years ago, but back then I never dreamed I would ever have faced the inhumane horrific treatment that has become a part of daily life for nurses every shift.
No there is no shortage, most hospitals do not want to hire nurses who have more than 10 years of experience. They are bad about aging discrimination. They want the newer nurses so they can pay them less and when the newer ones leave because of burnout, the hospitals don't care and then wonder why they can't get help.