America's nursing shortage has been compared to a perfect storm gathering in intensity. In Nursing a Shortage: Inside Out
, special correspondent Rachel Gotbaum reports on how the shortage has come about and why it matters for nurses, hospitals and patients alike. Nurses explain the effect of the shortage on patient care and how it is influencing their commitment to remain in the profession. She reports on the roots of the problem, encompassing not just changing career choices for young women and outdated images of nursing but also the serious difficulties faced by nursing schools trying to find nurse-educators.