I was a little shocked when I found out, in my RN to BSN courses, there were many new grads (some had not even passed boards yet) who had not found their first job. I felt so bad for them, I asked around and found out what units at my hospital were hiring new grads. Went back to class the next week and told them to apply. The responses were:
1. I'm not working by choice. I'm getting my BSN first so I don't have to worry about being floated (her thought process was, since BSNs are put in charge more often, and when you are scheduled to be charge nurse you don't have to float, its better to have your BSN so you float less often). This was someone who worked as an aid at a nursing home during her school years.
2. I don't want to work at a hospital because they use IVs. Are there any units that don't accept patients with IVs? Only the really sick people get IVs and I'm not dealing with that. I work at a group home now and I'll keep doing that until I find a position where I don't have IVs to deal with.
3. I'm going to do mostly outpatient/clinic setting jobs until I have enough experience to become management. They get holidays off, don't do weekends and only work day shift. I'm planning on doing a few imunization clinics and stuff like that, and that'll count as my experience to get me in the door for management at a hospital.
Go ahead..........reread them if you must. I couldn't make stuff this good up. One person was interested, but afraid to leave his current position. Apparently, he worked at a group home with mentally challenged patients. They were so paranoid about people leaving, if they so much as gotr a phone call asking for a reference on you.........they'd replace you. So, even though he was interested, he never applied. He was too afraid he'd end up not getting hired and be left out to dry.
I don't think this is unique to nursing. I hear a friend of mine in Social Work complain that a lot of the new hires (young and old) simply are not "invested" in their work. Thats how he described it too..............."not invested." I think thats the perfect word for the behavior.
But, I don't frown on them for being that way. Employers/corporations have been showing how they are not concerned with us for decades now, hence people no longer are willing to invest themselves into a career. Too often, it is a one way street.
Before, the culture of nursing was that you had to earn your place, do your time at the bedside. People aren't willing to invest that kind of time and energy into a career. They come in, seek the most ideal situation for themselves, and if they don't get it, they move on...........quickly. Loyalty is a thing of the past. I honestly don't see why it should be any different. They are out to scam us, we don't fall for it anymore and................that's that.