Nursing: Not A Recession-Proof Career - page 2
Contrary to widely held beliefs, nursing is certainly NOT the recession-proof career that many entities have seemingly made it out to be. During the recession of the early 1990s, some nurses in... Read More
0Jun 14, '12 by adventure780, BSN, RNNursing is not recession proof. You have to be more flexible and be able to work wherever you can get a job. Getting your dream nowdays seems difficult if not possible. Now I am just happy to be working even though adminstration and my manager don't seem to understand we are superhumans. There was a time period where they threatened to suspend anyone who had a fall during their shift. I got injured last week the blame was put on me not the mismanagement of the new patient transfered to my unit, whose care had not been managed properly.
3Jun 14, '12 by minnymino job is really "recession proof" or anything proof for that matter, BUT jobs in the medical field are usually the most secure during an economic downturn. i watched a show the other day with a couple who lost their business detailing vehicles...and another couple lost their jobs selling vacations. obviously, going on vacation and having your car detailed are luxuries. when the economy tanks...people cut those things out.
getting sick or injured isn't a choice or something you can "cut out." people with cancer can't get rid of it without treatment, and elderly people in ltc can't regain the ability to care for themselves. medical care is always going to be necessary regardless of the economy. sure, changes are made and budgets cut....but that's why it's "more secure" than other jobs. people take the term "recession proof" way too literally.
3Jun 16, '12 by IndianaHHThank Goodness ... finally.. an article stating the current situation of nursing lay offs. I've been laid off since early February from homehealth agency. Last month I was hired PRN at a wound center. The unemployment office first remark was " Oh you're a nurse, you'll have no problems" It's a falsehood to promote nursing as recession proof.
2Jun 16, '12 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from IndianaHHUnfortunately, the media has drilled the idea into the heads of the collective public that the nursing profession is recession-proof.Thank Goodness ... finally.. an article stating the current situation of nursing lay offs. I've been laid off since early February from homehealth agency. Last month I was hired PRN at a wound center. The unemployment office first remark was " Oh you're a nurse, you'll have no problems" It's a falsehood to promote nursing as recession proof.
I was visiting my parents, who live in California, a few months ago. My mother was saying, "California needs nurses!" My father said, "Nursing in in demand here!" And they both were asking if I would relocate back to California.
I cannot move back to my home state without a job lined up there. However, CA is one of the most difficult states for a nurse to secure employment. I have even applied multiple times in the less desirable cities. I have six years of nursing experience, but it is not the right mix of experience for most recruiters and managers there.
According to recent statistics, 43 percent of all new nurses in California have not been able to secure employment: Central Valley Business Times
3Jul 19, '12 by Dana1969Here in CA, Kaiser is in a hiring freeze, Sutter is striking, Muir is laying off, St Rose (in Hayward) is just swirling around the bowl before the final flush, the local VA is in complete retreat...cities in CA are declaring bankruptcy (three in the last few weeks)...it's like stories my grandparents used to tell about the Great Depression.
Or maybe it's like that scene in Ghostbusters where Bill Murray declares..." Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria..."
Let's put this ghost to rest shall we
There is no nursing shortage in California! And there hasn't been for a long, long time.
There are lots of sick people in CA, and lots of unemployed people in CA, and LOTS of unemployed sick people in CA, who come to the hospital and are unable to pay anything for the care they receive. They come from all over the world, and they get the finest care we can provide...then they leave without paying a cent. THERE ARE NO MORE NURSING JOBS IN CALIFORNIA!
The wheels have fallen off the wagon people. The system is falling apart. I wouldn't be surprised if my ER was over-run by zombies during the next full moon (joke).
Really, will the last RN to leave California, please remember to turn the call-lights off.
0Jul 19, '12 by BrandonLPN, LPNGrand Rapids, MI is probably one of the least trendy and/or desirable places to live in the country. But after reading about people's experiences in the more "with it" cities, I'm kind of glad I live here. I could quit tonight, and have another full time job by lunch tomorrow.
0Jul 19, '12 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from Dana1969I can agree with this. Recent statistics indicate that 43 percent of all newer nurses in California have not been able to find their first nursing jobs. If the state of CA truly suffered from a nursing shortage, all of these nurses would have secured employment by now.There is no nursing shortage in California! And there hasn't been for a long, long time.
Central Valley Business Times
California is my home state where I was born and raised. I want to return to CA, but I will not do this without a firm job offer. Even with 6+ years of experience, my prospects of finding nursing employment there are not that great.
0Jul 19, '12 by JWRN104This also happened at my hospital a few years back, huge influx of Filipino nurses who were subservient to the hospital. Then we became unionized - not sure that helped either.
0Jul 19, '12 by PacoUSA, BSN, RNJust graduated in May from a nursing school in NY, and one of my classmates just moved to CA. I wonder if he knows what he's in for.
2Jul 20, '12 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from kcmylornI'm trying to do my part in busting this pervasive myth by spreading the word. If every unemployed or underemployed nurse spreads the word, then perhaps the clueless public would 'catch a clue.'How do we get this myth busted?
1Sep 21, '12 by GuttercatQuote from TheCommuterI'm trying to do my part in busting this pervasive myth by spreading the word. If every unemployed or underemployed nurse spreads the word, then perhaps the clueless public would 'catch a clue.'
I was just laid off due to the sale of my department.
Let's just say that despite my ten years of service and twenty years of experience, or rather I should say because of, the hospital was not exactly enthusiastic about reabsorbing me into another department.
The unemployment office here in town told me that they've seen an alarming number of laid-off RN's hit their doors in the last two years which is something they've never seen before.