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Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared?

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2010

They also offer a nursing residency program that helps bridge the gap between school and practice and provides the mentoring and support needed to thrive at the organization.

In rural areas, hospitals worry that recent graduates who can't find a job will move away. Some organizations take the view that it's better to get new grads into the system in some capacity, even if not a perfect fit, and then accept internal turnover as positions come along. This allows the organization to nurture the new nurses and build their engagement by focusing on their professional development and proving they are committed to the growth of the nurse within the organization.

Once the economy improves, many of these issues will go away and new grads will once again have their pick of opportunities. And in the not-too-distant-future, the aging population will prove that the nursing shortage never really went away.


Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at rhendren@hcpro.com.

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3 comments on "Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared?"


Aileen (7/27/2011 at 10:06 AM)
I think the nursing shortage is just a myth...I agree with Jessica, hospitals should be more welcoming to new grads. I appreciate some hospitals doing residency programs for new grads, like me!I think this is the best strategic planning for hospitals to acquire committed, dedicated and skilled RNs.

Gus (1/5/2011 at 11:08 PM)
All you need to know about the thousands of umemployed new grad RN's: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/8229669

Jessica (10/11/2010 at 9:18 PM)
Hospitals should accept new graduates, because the senior nurses are not going to be around forever. What will happen when they start retiring and they start to see a huge shortage of nurses? They need to start preparing since now, by training the new graduates so they become more experienced.