Less jobs available in future?

  1. Anyone else afraid that there will be a surplus of nurses by the time they graduate and not able to find a job? It will probably be at least 2 years before I graduate. It seems in our area, more nursing programs have developed, schools are trying to pump out more nurses so it's a concern of mine & was just wondering what everyone else was thinking about the situation?
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  3. by   Tweety
    Everything I've read in professional journals and nursing texts indicates that with the impending baby boom generation who just turned 60 the need for RNs and LPNs will continue to be unmet.

    There may be pockets around the country where this isn't going to be true, especially in rural areas with population declines. But in growth states like Florida, the outlook for nurse employment is bright.
  4. by   Djuna
    the worldwide trend shows a decline in the availability of rns and this trend does not appear to be reversing anytime in the near future. here is one article looking at the issue;

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=citation
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Tweety
    Everything I've read in professional journals and nursing texts indicates that with the impending baby boom generation who just turned 60 the need for RNs and LPNs will continue to be unmet.

    There may be pockets around the country where this isn't going to be true, especially in rural areas with population declines. But in growth states like Florida, the outlook for nurse employment is bright.

    I am currently on assignment in Florida. I have barely started the assignment...at a facility that is considered "preferred" in this area. I am seriously worried whether my license is at risk because of the conditions. I am back on the verge of quitting the nursing profession based on what I have seen in the hospitals in this area. I also known that I NEVER want to be hospitalized here. I have NEVER felt this bad about my profession, so depressed and burnt out.

    Trust me, this environment eats nurses up and spits them out. There WILL be plenty of jobs fo you...but you may not want them.
  6. by   AfloydRN
    Are you kidding? The average mid age for RN's now is around 50-55 years old. They will all have to retire someday and who do you think will replace them? I think the demand for RN's in the future will only become larger. Do not fret- you will always have a job.
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    I read somewhere that the gap is expected to be over a million nurses by 2010. There are going to me numerous jobs available just to care for the aging Boomers.
  8. by   HealingHands327
    lol your kidding right? no jobs for RNs?

    This is why there will be plenty of jobs for RNs.

    1. The baby boomers as mentioned are retiring.
    2. Job disatisfaction and lack of respect for nurses.
    3. We are overworked and underpaid.
    4. Men avoid nursing (although this is changing)
    5. There are many areas of specialization for nurses.

    The list goes on.
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from caroladybelle
    I am currently on assignment in Florida. I have barely started the assignment...at a facility that is considered "preferred" in this area. I am seriously worried whether my license is at risk because of the conditions. I am back on the verge of quitting the nursing profession based on what I have seen in the hospitals in this area. I also known that I NEVER want to be hospitalized here. I have NEVER felt this bad about my profession, so depressed and burnt out.

    Trust me, this environment eats nurses up and spits them out. There WILL be plenty of jobs fo you...but you may not want them.
    Sorry to hear that Carolina. I thought you said you would never come back to Florida. Guess you really won't now.
  10. by   TrudyRN
    There have been boom times and bust times since I've been in the field the last 40 years. Mostly boom. I think you'll do fine.
  11. by   hope3456
    I have been a RN 2 years, and I agree w/the OP - nsg schools have dramatically increased admission numbers in the past few years... I think the whole 'nsg shortage' is a bit overrated.
  12. by   chuck1234
    Quote from RenaeT
    Anyone else afraid that there will be a surplus of nurses by the time they graduate and not able to find a job? It will probably be at least 2 years before I graduate. It seems in our area, more nursing programs have developed, schools are trying to pump out more urses so it's a concern of mine & was just wondering what everyone else was thinking about the situation?
    Don't worry about it...you are worrying about it too much!!!
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    To put it more "crass" terms:

    "There will always be sick people to take care off".


    cheers,
  14. by   GardenDove
    Quote from RenaeT
    Anyone else afraid that there will be a surplus of nurses by the time they graduate and not able to find a job? It will probably be at least 2 years before I graduate. It seems in our area, more nursing programs have developed, schools are trying to pump out more nurses so it's a concern of mine & was just wondering what everyone else was thinking about the situation?

    This happened when I went to nursing school. There was a shortage when I went in that disappeared by the time I graduated. I graduated in 1993.

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