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  1. by   Ty2013
    A friend graduated from nursing school and it took her 1 1/2 years to get a job. She only got a job because of a family friend in the hospital.
  2. by   us2uk4u
    There is a nursing shortage: as long as you have more than 1 year experience (so they dont have to spend money training you) and less than 10 years (so you don't ask for too much money).
  3. by   letarn2b
    The job market for nyc hospitals is a joke they want 1-2years experience and a BSN. I graduated with my AAS and it tookover 4months to find a job and when i finish my BSN in the next 1 1/2 i dont qualify as a new grad because i have worked the past two years but not in a hospital setting. If they want a BSN to be the standard IN nyc they should dismiss the AAS programs since the hospitals are not hiring them. Its all a money making thing i know bsns that cant find a job also ,and a good point to consider is that bsn programs are expensive here who wants 50k debt for a rn degree when you could go to a community college and owe 15k or less for the two years and hopefully find a job after graduation and work while you get your bsn. Thats the option i choose.
  4. by   joanna73
    I can't believe how long we've been stuck in this economic slump. I clearly remember the recession during the early 90's. This time, it's worse. Global....and five years later, very little has changed for the better. I hope these new grads find employment soon. I relocated far away from home for a better opportunity. 2.5 years later, I REALLY miss my home!
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    What does CNN get out of this? Glad to see AN intersecting with other media and corporations.
  6. by   DizzyLizzyNurse
    Not to sound grouchy but it's about time. I struggled 2 years ago for 9 months to get a job.
  7. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from Enthused_Nurse2B
    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.
    Sure there is, because unlike nascent historians and guidance counselors, new grad nurses have paaassssionnnn and dreeeaaammmmss ... and within the last decade or so there have been highly-touted shortages of engineers, lawyers, teachers, and professional violinists. All of them are having hard time finding work. Things are tough all over. I think CCMermaid is onto something when she questions the exceptionalist viewpoint of new nursing grads. Of course, since this is a nursing community, I don't expect a lot of folks to see the broader picture. But hey-- why do you think so may people are going to graduate school after getting their BAs, and living with mum and dad? Hint: You want fries with that?
  8. by   DizzyLizzyNurse
    Not to mention how many people thought I must be doing something wrong because I couldn't find a job. It was so demoralizing to hear people say this, when they didn't know what they were talking about. You know, nursing, the recession proof job.
  9. by   joanna73
    For the longest time, nurses had no issue with finding work, although this ebbs and flows in cycles. So people naturally expect that nursing jobs are abundant. However, the trend will be home care and palliative care mainly. Jobs in hospitals are disappearing, so nursing has become like every other profession for new grads.
  10. by   Daryl_G
    I live in an area with at least three different nursing schools graduating BSN classes of 35+ students twice a year. In addiditon, most of the hospitals in the area are only hiring for BSN graduates which limits the pool of jobs for non BSN grads. I see and hear schools advertising their nursing programs every day and wonder if all of these students coming out are finding jobs? I would tell anyone planning to go into nursing to get a BSN because it is getting harder to find jobs with no experience.
  11. by   RN 033
    @DizzyLizzyNurse I think that is the most difficult part me too. The media says that there is a shortage, so there must be something wrong with me not finding a job, like I'm not trying or holding out for the perfect position - insult to injury. Received my ADN in 2010 - two years applying, two interviews, too many rejections for no experience. Just finished my BSN and hope this makes me a more desirable new grad. (Northern California)
    Last edit by RN 033 on Jan 10, '13
  12. by   kittyn
    I'm not sure if this is of any help or not.

    Create a Plan to Help New Graduate Nurses Gain the Experience Needed to get a Nursing Job.

    We ask President Obama to help new graduate nurses gain the experience needed to get a nursing job.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 10, '13 : Reason: TOS/advertisin/solicitation
  13. by   lisamschmidtrn
    I am in upstate NY, about 2.5 hours north of NYC. I would be willing to commute and take a train into the city, but all the facilities want BSN it seems.