I am a new grad and its starting to irk many how many times people say: have you found a nursing job yet followed by why haven't you, theres a nursing shortage out there. Other things I've heard is - theres tons of hospitals in the city, you have so many choices. Or you picked a good career to go into, you'll never be without a job, you'll find something good soon. Or my friend got a nursing job with a $10000 bonus back in 200*, there's a demand!
Then I have to explain that 1) we're still in recession and more people are not paying their medical bills and not getting elective surgeries. 2) hospitals laid off a bunch of nurses 3) those nurses that were still there took on more hours 4) nursing schools used a vulnerable time for the masses to lure people into nursing school creating high supply and low demand 5) healthcare is up in the air right now putting healthcare budgets on a balance beam that hopefully will see improvement 6) I have to have someone who can get me a really good in and be able to schmooze nowadays to get a good nursing job as a new grad 7) there is no nursing shortage right now in most areas.
And they still don't get it. I feel embarrased for myself having to explain because clearly i should have a job by now if i had a good head on my shoulders and applied. Whatever.
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I also take umbrage with your description of these nurses as "short-trained". My diploma program was 3 years long. My nursing classes started at the beginning of the second semester of the first year. Since, at the very least, I had nursing classes for one extra semester than BSN programs I guess that would make me MORE trained.
I apologize that you take offense to the term "short-trained" but to be honest I did not invent that term. Programs that fall short of offering a (BSN) college level education, associate degree programs being a rather newer development, are termed "short-training" programs.
Again, I did not invent this. This is a term invented by nursing historians.
The history and use of Diploma programs by hospitals is fascinating. Ever wonder why hospitals would spend all the money, time, and trouble to start and maintain their own nursing programs? There were reasons I can assure you, and quality was not one of them. This however does not mean that their programs did not quality education, just that it was not one of the chief motivating factors.
Last edit by Asystole RN on Jul 17, '12