The nursing shortage was never resolved. It was sort of put on hold when the economy tanked. Nurses of the Baby Boom generation were poised to retire, but the majority of them were forced to continue working for financial survival. Others had to return to work in order to make it through some of the toughest economic times ever.
The impact has been that new grad nurses have had an impossible time finding work; something that has been unheard of for several decades.
Now that the economy is in a recovery mode, Baby Boomers are retiring and the shortage of nurses is becoming a nightmare. The severity of the situation is predicted to be catastrophic as hospitals and health care facilities struggle to find nurses to fill these voids. And the shortage of nurse educators is going to affect the number of new nurse who can be trained to take over.