Nursing Shortage

The Mount San Jacinto School of Nursing is proud to boast two Laerdal Simulation Mannequins. The nursing program uses the two $50,000 mannequins to simulate real life nursing scenarios. Nurses deal with life and death situations on a daily basis. The goal of the simulation is to evoke real life crisis and emotion that happen in the hospital acute care setting with the hopes of preparing the nursing student for "the real thing". The two mannequins have different types of heart beats, a variety of lung sounds, and abdominal sounds. The mannequin has the capability of vomiting, urinating, coughing, bleeding, and talking. The college was able to purchase the two SIM Men through grant funding.

It is an exciting time for the nursing profession. There is a nation wide nursing shortage. Nurses can obtain jobs anywhere in the United States. Starting salary ranges from $35,000-$50,000 for the new graduate nurse. The federal and state government have also taken notice of the nursing shortage and have allocated millions of dollars to expand and develop nursing education.

A few of the exciting positions in nursing are: cruise ship nursing, Disneyland Park nursing, Mercy Air helicopter critical transport nursing, psychiatric and drug rehabilitation nursing, medical research nursing, occupational health nursing, school nursing, dialysis nursing, operating room nursing, organ transplant coordinator nursing. These are just a few of the various types of careers in nursing. There is a wide latitude of careers in nursing. Nursing is a noble and well respected profession.


  1. There's also a trend towards using nurses to take over the work load of physicians. I know at Loma Linda Medical Center, they use nurse practitioners to manage patients at their Heart Institute. I also know a guy who is an OB/GYN at Kaiser Permanente who says that all of their uncomplicated births are delivered by nurse midwives.