CNN article on nurses and job growth - page 8

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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


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    To be fair some of the seeds of bias against new hires were sown during the "I didn't go to nursing school for this" attitude not a small number of new grad hires brought with them starting around the early 2000's.

    Hospitals did hire new grads and many in the nursing service including educators, floor and staff nurses gave their best to orientate and train. What many were often met with were new nurses with widely varying skills and education including some barely competent in core nursing skills if they were aquainted with them at all. Others still had either no clue or didn't want to know just what the nitty-gritty daily duties of a RN were. When faced with the reality of these expectations you had 1 in 5 if not more new grads either leaving of their own accord before their orientation ended or simply were let go. Such a model was simply not sustainable and it therefore should come as no surprise facilities started to take a look at the quanity and quality of new grad hires.

    Happily for hospitals (but not so much for some others) the recent financial/economic crisis upended the healthcare world in ways that are still being felt today.

    Hospitals began closing or consolidating staff due to mergers. Experienced nurses who had been quasi or fully retired re-entered the nursing workforce full time. Those thinking about leaving reconsidered out of real or other financial concerns. Bottom line is for many areas of the USA there was a surplus of experienced nurses which decreased the pressure to hire new grads. Couple this with changes in staffing (movement to 12 hour shifts, call offs, etc..) and better utilization of nursing service (fine tuning staff levels to pt census, scheduling nurses to report for duty closer to when needed for certain units such as OR, etc..) and hospitals found they could get by without having to hire many new grads. Remember a bulk of the hiring of nurses was to replace those whom left for various personal reasons: marriage, children, retired, etc.. When any drop off in those levels occurs you have the "clogging up" of the system the CNN article speaks of. In short those wacky nurses aren't behaving the way they ought in theory. Suppose we could put this down to the unstable nature of the female. *LOL*

    How long all this will hold together is anyone's guess. But as long as the hiring and orientation of new grads remains a net cost to hospitals they are going to find ways to lessen that exposure.
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    I know new graduates that are actually looking specifically for home care positions. I think it is a great choice!!! Maybe their resumes just don 't get picked by HR for whatever reason.
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    Quote from smashnyc
    Kind of depressing. I'm applying to an accelerated program now and hoping that volunteering and clinic rotations pay off eventually.
    Same here! I'll be moving and starting my ABSN program this August! I am volunteering my butt off in the meantime, praying and hoping for the best upon graduation!
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    It's very hard to know what exactly is happening with the nursing job market. Is there a nursing shortage or not? Are hospitals radically and permanently changed as a business model? What will be the future of the nursing profession? What we know is that these changes are cyclical and this is a know fact in nursing. Older nurses will tell you they've seen this before so what we are going through now is nothing new. The only different aspect of this one is it's duration, we are now entering the 5th year on non hiring. The recession is sure a new element in this equation and so is the new corporate for profit management of most chain hospitals in the U.S. The bottom line is money and nurses are the biggest hospitals pay role so they try to use existing nurses and get the most out of them, training new ones is out of question; they don't feel is not their obligation and will not spend the money needed.

    However this situation could be reversed in a matter of months. One has to remember that nurses leave the profession all the time, levels of burn out are high and at the moment there are many extra nurses working which normally would not be they are called "the refrigerator nurses". New grads don't mean much for hospitals because there are sufficient trained nurses available to work. If the economy improves significantly there could be a major shift back to a pre 2008 status with a difference: there will be a severe shortage of trained nurses and a significantly higher patient load. If the non hiring goes on for a few more years then you can add the fact that there will be less New Grads as well making the shift even more pronounced.
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    Well its a global phenomenon... It has far more devastating results in my country... India has one of the worst nurseeople ratio (1:1200) [WHO recommends 1 nurse every 100 population]... with many organized sectors in healthcare quoting many vacancies in healthcare especially for doctors and nurses alike, goverment is unable to hire them due to budget constrains... and the private health care sector looks for only experienced nurses... for the freshers the option is to either work for free or work as trainee without stipend or salary for another 1year or so... meeting the educational loans has become a serious problem for the new nursing grads...
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    Just wanted to add the CNN story has generated some "spinoff" stories. Here is one published in Healthcare Finance News.

    The nursing shortage myth by David Williams
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    That is the first time I have ever heard someone say robots will replace us!


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