No Nursing Shortage At The Present Time - page 29

by TheCommuter 70,879 Views | 340 Comments Senior Moderator

I am assured that some of you are reading this and saying to yourselves, "Duh! This topic is old hat. We already know there's a glut of nurses in many parts of the country, so why are you writing about this?" Here is my reason... Read More


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    Quote from TheCommuter
    It is natural for people to believe that they are somehow unique or can do something to set themselves apart from the masses, or that it must be the jobless nurse's fault for not having found a job sooner. Also, the 'Pollyanna Principle' predisposes people to ignore blaring warning signs or cling to small glimmers of hope.
    I'm none of these things, I know the slim chance of finding a job once I graduate. I just want to be a nurse and have wanted this for a very long time. There is just a job shortage. It really doesn't matter what field you go into now there is always the possibility of not having a job. I worked at Walmart with woman who had years of experience and a degree as an Accountant. She was laid off from her employer to only find work as a cashier Wal-Mart. My best friend has been jobless for 2 years. She has 10+ years experience in retail management and ran her own store. She's applied everywhere multiple times and can't even get a cashier job. It's just the state of our world right now and its a chance i'm willing to risk for something I'm passionate about.
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    Quote from pnut8377
    I'm none of these things, I know the slim chance of finding a job once I graduate. I just want to be a nurse and have wanted this for a very long time. There is just a job shortage. It really doesn't matter what field you go into now there is always the possibility of not having a job. I worked at Walmart with woman who had years of experience and a degree as an Accountant. She was laid off from her employer to only find work as a cashier Wal-Mart. My best friend has been jobless for 2 years. She has 10+ years experience in retail management and ran her own store. She's applied everywhere multiple times and can't even get a cashier job. It's just the state of our world right now and its a chance i'm willing to risk for something I'm passionate about.
    Yes, my 54-year-old mother has been unemployed for more than 4 years. Since she lives in a city with an unemployment rate greater than 15 percent, finding even the most menial type of job (cashier, fast food worker, etc.) has been elusive.

    To be fair, she has several things going against her, including no education beyond high school and a lack of updated vocational skills. Although she worked at the same factory for 25 years, people can determine that she is an 'older applicant' by reading the dates on the job applications and resume. She is also morbidly obese with chronic illnesses and has some difficulty walking.
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    I am an LPN in nyc.I knew a while ago that there wasn't a nursing shortage here in the city.Nursing homes and hospitals have been closing. retired nurses haven't retired due to the economic situations, but yet nursing schools still are cranking out nursing grads.The director of nursing at the facility where i work said that she has literally dozens and dozens of applicants looking for a job. its a very sad situation out there.
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    Quote from pnut8377
    I just don't think hospitals and facilities want to hire. They'd rather have one person doing the job of three people. Otherwise we wouldn't be hearing about nurses not getting breaks or having time to use the bathroom.
    Yeah, and that's not going to change.
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    Quote from studentrn4me
    its a very sad situation out there.
    There's a chance that the situation might become even sadder if nursing programs continue to expand and crank out record numbers of new nurses in employment markets where the demand is flat or declining. Also, multiple new schools of nursing have opened for business across the US.

    People cling to hope when they read statistics that masses of nurses will be needed by the year 2020 due to looming demographic changes, but this does absolutely nothing to calm the storm that is brewing today.
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    Well, great. I've never been a good networker, but I am a hard and dedicated worker. I would be okay with starting on evenings and weekends or working 2 part time jobs--if I had to. I guess I need to pick up on the networking skills and try to 'stand out' a bit more at clinicals.
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    I'm taking a phlebotomy class at the local community college. Of the 12 people in my class, 9 are trying to go to nursing school. If any of them ask me about the job market, I'm not going to lie.
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    I'm listening to a lecture right now, and my nursing school teacher is talking about a nursing shortage, though she mentions that new grads are having a hard time finding jobs in the city, moving to other cities, they find sign on bonuses. I'm not sure how truthful she is being.
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    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    I'm listening to a lecture right now, and my nursing school teacher is talking about a nursing shortage, though she mentions that new grads are having a hard time finding jobs in the city, moving to other cities, they find sign on bonuses. I'm not sure how truthful she is being.
    Ha ha. You could do one of those loud cheaply disguised coughs "bull-crap", and when she says, excuse me Princess???? You could say, sorry, I just choked on something big...
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    Quote from netglow
    Ha ha. You could do one of those loud cheaply disguised coughs "bull-crap", and when she says, excuse me Princess???? You could say, sorry, I just choked on something big...
    I wish I could! It is a recording.

    I nearly died when she mentioned sign-on bonuses. In this day and age, one is lucky to get a job. Sign on bonuses just don't happen for new grads.
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