Merrianne Baroni, Registered Nurse- Critical Care
The official answer, for at least the last decade, seems to be yes. However, what I have witnessed in the last few years seems to indicate otherwise.
About 10 years ago, when I was a new nurse looking for my first job, new graduates essentially chose which hospital and which unit they wanted to work and had a fairly high chance of being hired to do so. This was even true for some seeking positions in higher acuity units such as the ER or the ICU. Not only that, many hospitals were paying sign on bonuses of $5000–$10,000!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million vacant nursing positions in the US will emerge between 2014 and 2022. This shortage fueled primarily by the aging baby boom population.
For the last several years however, I have witnessed a great change in the job market for nurses. New grads are not finding employment for months and months after obtaining licensure and acceptance into a new grad training program has become extremely competitive. Furthermore, there certainly aren’t many sign on bonuses being offered nowadays. I feel bad for the new grads.
So, to answer your question, it seems that the official answer is yes, we have a nursing shortage. But, the job market where I live, which is in Southern California, certainly seems to indicate otherwise.
Link – https://www.quora.com/Are-nurses-in-short-supply#