The nursing shortage continues to grow despite the economic crisis causing many nurses to delay retirement or return to work. Many pundits fear that when the economy recovers, the nursing shortage will increase as Baby Boomer nurses finally do retire, possibly in droves.
President Obama has been working with the ANA to help divert this crisis and to educate more nurses as quickly as possible. But one of the biggest problems is the lack of nurse educators. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been exploring ways to increase the number of nurse educators and is now offering grant monies in some states to help recruit students who will commit to becoming nurse educators.