Good afternoon everyone,
I have spoken to my mother (physician and has close associates in the Human Resources department) and she says that their isn't much openings/employment in her hospital. The charge nurse informed me that they want nurses with years of experience and that's where the nursing shortage falls under (not new grads!). So, how do I gain experience or employment? Am I supposed to take the lowest entry level job offered (I don't mind this at all) and work my way up? Do I begin at a nursing home? Where am I supposed to start? The human resources department director told me that that many people they hired from the past 10 years have been individuals from international countries.
Thinking about this, doesn't this lead to brain drain? Brain drain is terminology used to describe emigration of individuals with a particular skill set and draining human capital from their native country. However, they do it for a better opportunity and economic purpose. I could make the argument that the American people are being enslaved by this; however, I don't have reason to complain. I'm not entitled to the job simply because I'm American, but I believe times were easier before. (70's-2000). This is my own personal opinion, so I hope I'm not bashed.
I haven't passed the examination yet and still in school. What should I do to gain employment upon graduation? Should I get to know the human resource department? Set my clinicals at the very hospital I want to work for? Internship? I'm willing to work hard during school and outside of it. I don't care about salary or benefits, just want experience. The dean of nursing said when the economy starts picking up, they will begin hiring a boatload of nurses. My mother is trying to get me into medicine instead of nursing (I don't mind the additional schooling). The human resources director has said that she looks for people with EMT backgrounds, LVNs, and such. They also advised me not to volunteer as its not really seen as valuable experience. I don't know who to listen to, but I'm very afraid.
I thought about going into the military or Peace Corps, but they demand a Bachelor's of Science degree. I'm obtainint an ADN which unfortunately is not attractable to many.