Normally I’m loathe to have anything to do with Fox News, but this particular headline caught my eye. And it’s complete bullshit.
The recession apparently has solved a problem in the healthcare industry, at least temporarily. A study out of Vanderbilt University shows that a decade-long nursing shortage has nearly disappeared in the past year. Researchers found that more nurses are delaying retirement or coming out of retirement because of demolished 401K’s and partners who have lost their job.
No, not totally.
Well, at least partially this is the case. But usually the determinant of a shortage is am overabundance of open positions. This means there are jobs that need to be filled, hence not enough nurses (or whatever) are filling those positions. The problem here is this: NO ONE IS HIRING. Maybe I shouldn’t yell, but I am talking about Fox News…
OK, there are pockets of hope where folks are getting hired, but there are none in my city. We have no, read that zero, positions open for nursing staff at my facility. And it’s a story being told around our city, and across the country (some places worse than others). The nursing shortage has been solved by the institutions not creating a shortage by having open positions. Added to nurses staying put longer and voila’, no more shortage.
It’s going to suck when the economy does turn around and the boomers will finally retire. It’s not going to be pretty.