"Oregon's unemployment lines would be a little shorter, and state revenues would be a little higher, if hospitals could find people to fill their empty nursing jobs. Many hospitals can't, nor can many nursing homes and private clinics. The problem of finding educated, skilled people for this critical work is bound to get worse for three reasons: supply, as nurses retire; demand, as the population ages; and access, as budget cuts force colleges to gut their nursing programs. State legislators and the governor can't do much about supply and demand. They can, however, think very hard about their budgeting choices."