Quote from ghillbert
Well, obviously the nursing shortage isn't over. It's more that the positions have been cut due to the economy. Admittedly, the shortage has reduced as the economy has forced people back to work.
The article does mention specific areas which are still in demand.
This was my first thought as well. I'm working with a number of RN's who have returned to work, or have shifted from part-time to full-time because their spouses were laid off. It creates the appearance that there are 'more RNs,' but they were there all the time; they just didn't need to work.
I don't really think we ever suffered so much from a 'pure' shortage, but the need for RN's was simply exacerbated by the traditional gender-makeup of nursing (among other issues). RN's got married, had babies, stayed at home.
I do, however, believe that working conditions in some facilities along with the flawed educational process to also be part of the problem in recruiting and keeping RNs.