Nursing: Not A Recession-Proof Career - page 3

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

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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 certain regions of the United... Read More


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    This 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.
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    Just 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.
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    How do we get this myth busted?
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    Quote from kcmylorn
    How do we get this myth busted?
    I'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.'
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    commuter- keep up the good work
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'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.
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    Quote from Guttercat
    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.
    The internet is filled with many sob stories and anecdotal evidence of seasoned, older, experienced nurses being terminated and replaced with less-experienced nurses who can be paid significantly less money.

    However, the corporations who engage in these deplorable hiring practices would never admit that they terminated an older nurse's employment due to federally protected issues such as age. These same folks would also never admit to shedding expensive labor to make room for cheaper labor.

    This situation is so sad and despicable. I am sorry that you were laid off, and I certainly hope that this situation ends with a silver lining that benefits you. Good luck to you!
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    The internet is filled with many sob stories and anecdotal evidence of seasoned, older, experienced nurses being terminated and replaced with less-experienced nurses who can be paid significantly less money.

    However, the corporations who engage in these deplorable hiring practices would never admit that they terminated an older nurse's employment due to federally protected issues such as age. These same folks would also never admit to shedding expensive labor to make room for cheaper labor.

    This situation is so sad and despicable. I am sorry that you were laid off, and I certainly hope that this situation ends with a silver lining that benefits you. Good luck to you!

    The problem is in getting past the anecdotal in a way that reflects an accurate picture.

    But as you said, the corporate machine has built-in firing and layoff practices that are damned near impossible to trace/track as to the true motive.

    We've only seen the tip of the iceberg, and the available data has not caught up with current trends/stats of unemployment. In my state, the number of new grads cranked out each year has doubled over the last eight years, thanks to a decade-long (and still going strong), multi-entity, concerted effort increasing enrollment in nursing schools... to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars.
    As a side note, one of our local hospitals just laid off fifteen medical transcriptionists. Their jobs were shipped to India.
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    The key is to be FLEXIBLE. I graduated BSN program in '07. I did 2 years med/surg..and psych since then. The thing I did is I MOVED. I went to Wyoming! They were hiring like mad. I got my experience and then moved to Maine to do psych. If you are willing to move you can fine areas in the country where they really need nurses. I know older nurses maybe can't do this, but I advise students to be open to moving. Even for a year or two. Get some experience then places are more likely to hire you. Worked for me!
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    Quote from windsurfer8
    The key is to be FLEXIBLE. I graduated BSN program in '07. I did 2 years med/surg..and psych since then. The thing I did is I MOVED. I went to Wyoming! They were hiring like mad. I got my experience and then moved to Maine to do psych. If you are willing to move you can fine areas in the country where they really need nurses. I know older nurses maybe can't do this, but I advise students to be open to moving. Even for a year or two. Get some experience then places are more likely to hire you. Worked for me!
    I also relocated to another state for more job opportunities.

    However, many people cannot or will not move due to personal preferences, lack of relocation money, being enmeshed with extended family members, lack of openness to new experiences, or feeling deep emotional ties to the area in which they currently live.

    Many people are what I refer to as 'location-stable.' They will stay in places in the face of a lack of opportunity (high unemployment rates, dismal local job market, declining local economy, etc.). Instead of migrating elsewhere, location-stable people would rather wait things out and hope that the jobs return to their geographic area.


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