Report debunks nursing shortage

Group claims health care workers simply are burned out on hospitals. Amy Gillentine, Colorado Springs Business Journal, September 22, 2006 The Colorado nursing shortage – twice that of the rest of the country – is an artificial creation caused by staffing ratios and low pay in the state’s hospitals. That’s according to a report from the Nurses Alliance of Colorado, part of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 1.3 million hospital employees nationwide. “There’s no real shortage of nurses,” said Rebecca Matthys, a former nurse who works as a lactation consultant and served on the NAC policy committee that issued the report. “There’s a lack of nurses willing to work at the bedside in hospitals.” ... Report