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    Lauren Irizarry

    Disagree. Prove to me there is a nursing shortage by offering my husband, a new nursing graduate, a job. There are scant available for new grads in MA and thousands of new grad nurses cranked out each semester by our various colleges and universities. I wish someone would explain to me why, if there is such a desperate need for nurses, my fellow graduate RNs from 2008 are still looking for jobs here. And not just here - all over the country. All over the country there are waiting lists of 2+ years just to get into a nursing program. Does that sound like a shortage? If hospitals need nurses, all they have to do is hire the many qualified new graduates vying for positions. We don't need to further glut the market.

    Kimberly Goodman, RN, BSN

    I also disagree. I am a nurse and nursing instructor in San Diego. New grads are having a terrible time finding jobs right now. As far as meeting future demands, the local community colleges have 2 to 3 year waiting lists for ADN programs. The local state university had to cut its nursing program in half due to state budget problems, turning away many a qualified applicant. Many of my nurse colleagues are earning their masters degrees and moving into education. The answers we seek are all right here.

    Ben Muse

    Lauren, Kimberly,

    Thanks for your comments. Lauren, I hope you and your husband get jobs soon. Whatever your current difficulties, you've made a good long-term career choice. My daughter graduated from nursing school in 2008 and currently has a job and I have other nursing friends and relatives, so I post this lightly.

    There are a number of sources describing a long-term nursing shortage in the United States. For example, this short background report from the Kaiser Foundation: Addressing the nursing shortage (; this fact sheet from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Nursing shortage (; this article from the Health Care Finance News: New survey finds nursing shortage likely to increase (

    There are many more items like these. A good friend of mine, a Massachusetts nurse, who probably does not agree with my policy conclusion, nevertheless commented to me: "we need more American nurses there is a shortage here and everyone better start thinking about staying healthy."

    While the current economic downturn may have led to a tightening of the nursing job market in at least some areas (Nurse shortage replaced by job shortage - in the longer run increasing affluence, the wave of baby-boomer retirements, and the likely expansion of medical insurance coverage, will almost certainly substantially expand the demand for nursing services.

    Several of your comments refer to training bottlenecks. These suggest a possible contributing cause of a shortage. Relaxing immigration restrictions for persons qualified to train new nurses might help address these.


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