New Grad Nurses struggling to find jobs - CNN Reporter wants to hear from you - page 4

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allnurses.com appreciates how difficult the job market can be for new grad nurses. We are working with Annalyn Kurtz, a CNN Money Reporter get info for an article that will highlight this nationwide issue. We have created... Read More


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    Way to go Brian and AN. I hope this promotes change! Good luck everyone !!!!
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    Why are nursing new grads any different from any other group of new grads? Lots of newly graduated people are having a hard time finding a job in this economy.
    DTW90, anggelRN, Altra, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Why are nursing new grads any different from any other group of new grads? Lots of newly graduated people are having a hard time finding a job in this economy.
    I'll take a stab at this one ... all over the media for years they have been advertising how there is a nursing shortage. They encourage people to go into nursing because you can supposedly makes lots of money ... but obviously how do you make money when no one wants to hire a new nurse? In addition, nursing school is very different from all other undergrad programs. I know because I have a previous bachelor's degree. You are trained specifically for one profession and there is not much else you can do employment-wise outside of that degree unless you seek additional training and education in other fields. You bring up a valid point, CapeCodMermaid, but I do strongly feel that there is a difference between new nurses and all other new grads.
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    There is a nursing shortage - there are plenty of hospitals all over the country operating with high patient to nurse ratios, but I think they are doing so by choice. In light of recent healthcare legislation, the industry seems to be tightening their purse strings while waiting to see how it all plays out. I think that as increasing numbers of people gain access to healthcare that they haven't had access to under the current health insurance structure, we will see some significant changes in the hiring trends for nurses.
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    I was fortunate enough to find a job a month after I graduated, but went through several application processes. In the end I quit two minimally stressful jobs, accumulated thousands of dollars in debt, and ended up with a job that only paid $4 more an hour than one job, and $2 less than my second. I work 10-16 hours a day 5 days a week, and the stress of the responsibilities and expectations is enormous. In 4 months I've reached the same burnout point it took 6 years to reach in my last 2 jobs.
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    I got my license on Dec. 4 and to this date not a single call. I have submitted numerous online applications and have walked in asking for applications and open positions.

    Its so hard to find a LVN job as a new grad with no medical work experience.
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    I am a recent grad as of December 2012. I also have a job and received the offer a week after I graduated. Almost all of my classmates have been offered and accepted positions some of them hired for Labor and Delivery, NICU, and ER which is almost unheard of for a new graduate. I still have to take boards so that is my next hurddle because the job offer is contingent upon my passing boards. I was very afraid I would not be able to find a job because in my area there are a lot of nursing schools so it is very competitive. That being said, we also have a lot of very large hospitals so staffing needs change daily. I do have my BSN and when I interviewed with HR before accepting my current position, I was told that some nursing managers will hire new graduates and some will not. I was also told by the person that hired me for my position that some of the best nurses she has are new grads. It is tough all over and I feel for all of you that have applied to so many positions and have not even received an interview. I cannot even imagine. The difficulty of nursing school and then passing boards and then not being able to find a job. It makes no sense. Good luck to all of you that are still looking!!!!
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Why are nursing new grads any different from any other group of new grads? Lots of newly graduated people are having a hard time finding a job in this economy.
    Yes nursing new grads are different than any other group of new grads.

    Here is why. A nursing degree does not qualify one for a job in any other profession. As a newly licensed RN you are almost never considered for a job in the business world. How do I know this? I am from that business world - over 20 years of being that world. As a licensed RN you are disqualified from any lesser position within healthcare for the majority of facilities, as well.
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    Quote from triquee
    There is a nursing shortage - there are plenty of hospitals all over the country operating with high patient to nurse ratios, but I think they are doing so by choice. In light of recent healthcare legislation, the industry seems to be tightening their purse strings while waiting to see how it all plays out. I think that as increasing numbers of people gain access to healthcare that they haven't had access to under the current health insurance structure, we will see some significant changes in the hiring trends for nurses.
    IMHO what you describe is not a shortage of nurses but chronic short staffing. As for changes in the healthcare system to adapt for a potential influx of more patients due to ACA or whatever you want to call it, yes there will be some hiring changes for nurses; AP nurses will move in to fill voids left in primary and other care areas, whilst UAPs will assume more and more nursing functions. Techs, aides and so forth are much cheaper to train and use than RNs as well.

    Unless the current emphasis on cost cutting at facilities/healthcare changes don't see many places staffing up with large numbers of RNs anytime soon without some sort of funding put in place. In places like NYC you have new grads starting at between $75K to $80K and experienced nurses pulling >$95K. With those kind of numbers you can bet administration is schooling up on staff management and utilization.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Why are nursing new grads any different from any other group of new grads? Lots of newly graduated people are having a hard time finding a job in this economy.
    One of the reasons nursing school grads are different from others is most if not all plan or want to say right where they are, that in in their local area. Unlike say grads in business, law, pre-med, and so forth who often may not even be from the same state or local area where they went to college.
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