CNN article on nurses and job growth - page 4
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CNN Money published several nursing articles this morning regarding the job shortage for new grads based on information they got from allnurses members. FULL ARTICLE: For nursing jobs, new grads need not apply... Read More
- 0Jan 14, '13 by joliverlpnI graduated in March of 2011 as an LPN. It took me one year to find a job as a new grad nurse. I worked at the job for 2 months, and everyone there loved me and my work ethic. A different company took over the place I was working at, and that company would not hire me because they said I did not have enough work experience as a nurse. ( I believe they should have atleast gave me a chance before they let me go, but who I am to say that?) Ever since then I havent been able to find a job. It's crazy. If given thew opportunity, I would send back my license so clear my student loans. I feel like nursing school was a big waist of my life.
- 7Jan 14, '13 by ~CraftyNurse~This article just scratches the surface of the problem, it is NOT the root of it! There are PLENTY of nursing jobs available, as a recent New Grad I know...I have done the legwork! I have put in over 200 applications and FINALLY landed a job, but had to uproot my family and move out of state to find it. The MAIN problem is that hospitals don't want to pay the money to train a New Grad. Statistically, New Grads do not stay in their first job (we will talk about why in a minute) and it costs a lot to train them. In times when managers are forced to run a department on minimal staffing (unsafe ratios are now the norm!!!) they want an experienced nurse who can jump right in and fill the hole, not a New Grad who will not be ready to be on their own for a few months (weeks is usually all they are given, in all honesty). Often New Grads are forced into a position you don't really want, just to get that all important "Golden Year" of experience. I was told over and over to look into working at a long term care facility (nursing home). That isn't the type of nursing I want to do, but more importantly supervising LVNs and CNAs for often 50+ patients is not a safe position for a New Grad. That is just common sense to me! I have a significant work history in EMS, both prehospital and in the ED...but I want told to go to the medical/surgical floors to "better my organizational skills". I was opposed to this at first. I did not feel it was fair to the staff who training me on the med/surg floor because I know I was not going to stay. As soon as I hit that "Golden Year", or even 6 months, I would be out of there. I would no longer be a "New Grad" and no longer require a lengthy (seeing the trend here...money!) orientation to the unit I really want to work for. I am lucky. I found a health care organization that took the time to listen to my skills, what my wants and future plans were, and what hours I wanted to work. I was offered three positions, all for the hours I wanted, and I was allowed to choose. I have the hours I want, the department I want, and an extensive 6 month critical care internship. I don't plan on going anywhere, because a place that takes the time to listen to what a "lowly" New Grad wants is a place I want to work.
As an ER nurse I work 12 hour shifts, I am lucky to get a lunch break, sometimes forget to use the bathroom for hours, have been punched, spit on, verbally abused by patients and staff...all for $21 an hour! I love my job. I can't imagine doing anything else, but it is time the public knows how hard it is to be a nurse! When I am not in your room I am not on my cell phone (if I am, I am looking up a medication...not playing a game), I am not loafing in the break-room, or smoking a cigarette...I am in another room helping another patient.
- 0Jan 14, '13 by NightingallowQuote from netglowOut of seriousness, I applied for housekeeping. Luckily or unluckily I got the flu so couldn't get to the hospital to followup. Nothing wrong with being a janitor if you are very fit and have lungs of steel, my boyfriend used to be one, but got very sick from it. Only thing is that I honestly don't believe it will lead to a rn position. It's possible but jobs are competitive inhouse as well. This is from my experience btw in NY but there might other experiences elsewhere.Hey, A new grad nursing job at a hosptial is the bottom of the barrel! I think the other poster thought for example: get a job as a janitor and if you do good maybe they'll let you be an RN one day. LOL.
- 0Jan 14, '13 by netglowQuote from NightingallowThat was my pointOut of seriousness, I applied for housekeeping. Luckily or unluckily I got the flu so couldn't get to the hospital to followup. Nothing wrong with being a janitor if you are very fit and have lungs of steel, my boyfriend used to be one, but got very sick from it. Only thing is that I honestly don't believe it will lead to a rn position. It's possible but jobs are competitive inhouse as well. This is from my experience btw in NY but there might other experiences elsewhere.
- 0Jan 14, '13 by Carley77My husband sent me this article. Very honest article and balanced. I think it's more of people aren't able to move or don't want to move where there are jobs. For instance North Dakota. Rural locations. Regardless give it five years and nurses will be getting bonuses thrown at them from every which way. Give it time.