From CREATING INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITIES, Volume 1, Number 2, 2007
The nursing shortage in the United States has been well publicized over the last decade. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the nursing shortage remains a topic of primary concern. According to the AACN website:
This shortage will likely be exacerbated by the rise in palliative-care programs in this country, where nurses are playing a greater role in comfort and end-of-life care within hospital and assisted-living facility settings. Hospitals and other health-care facilities are using a variety of incentives and staffing sources in an attempt to fill the never-ending stream of staffing vacancies. Now, nursing schools are jumping into the fray with an attempt to attract and retain a greater number of qualified nursing students.