I can emphatically say No that there are not too many people entering this field! As a nurse, regularly we hear the term “short-staffed” for any day. There are limits on how many patients each nurse can take care of, in every state, and this causes a significant problem and there are never enough nurses.
HealthyPeople 202 does note how bad the shortage is, and with many of the baby-boomers getting ready to retire and move on to their next step in life, this means that the shortage will be even more unequivocal. We are ALWAYS in need of nurses, and there are so many types of nurses. Focusing on hospital nursing, long term care nurses, doctors offices, nursing homes, community health, public health, research nurses, cancer society nurses, specialized nursing for critical care, medical floor, surgical nurses, palliative care, clinical nurse coordinators, managers, nursing supervisors, emergency room nurses, floor nurses, surgical nurses, labor and delivery, and so many more. There are even nurses used in legal consulting, Teel health, and rehabilitation centers.
There will never be enough nurses to fulfill all the needs, which is why the profession is so hard to work in, but it is one of the most fulfilling professions to be in. Nurses will always be needed. And not everyone will finish through nursing school. It is one of the top hardest professions and one of the top fulfilling as well as one of the top respected professions in the world.