Quote from Jeanette73
Not angry, exactly, and I'm still hopeful that I'll find a job eventually. However, the thought has come up on other threads that maybe schools should consider scaling back nursing enrollment to ease the glut of nurses, so new grads who do make it through the program would have an easier time finding work. Now, you wouldn't suggest that schools should stop pumping out psych grads or art grads or English grads, because we recognize that the arts degree is not intended to prepare one directly for employment and the degree holders aren't competing with each other for the same jobs. I am wondering where the logic breaks down in terms of nursing degrees.
I think you'd find that this discussion of limiting enrollment or increasing requirements such as GPA occurs regularly in most specialty programs, and even in the general programs. My husband is a teacher, and this was a constant discussion in his program in the early 90s and still is today. One of my closest friends is the head of the architecture department at our local state university, and again, this is an ongoing discussion in his department. If you think it's tough to find a job as a nurse, try architecture or engineering. Those with undergraduate degrees have great difficulty finding positions right now.
And it is a discussion at the Masters and Doctoral level in the liberal arts departments, as well. In my German department, there are so few PhDs getting jobs in their area, they are tightening up the requirements; they aren't accepting as many candidates for PhDs as they once did. One reason I chose nursing instead of continuing on to a doctoral path...no reason to spend 80K+ to get my PhD, so that I could work an entry level job in the admissions department, or somehow land an associate professor position with a 30K annual salary. From what I understand, many other departments are tightening up their requirements for master and PhD candidates, as well.
There are liberal arts programs that provide specialty training in a liberal arts environment, and there are those that simply provide an education in a topic. Nursing vs psychology. Architecture vs sociology. Civil engineering vs Germanic language and literature. Secondary education vs English literature. Journalism vs Art History. I don't see a problem with specialty programs falling under the liberal arts and sciences umbrella; in fact, I think it's a good idea. I still want everyone to have to take some "useless" classes like English lit, American history, psychology, biology and precalculus. It's the basis of a well-rounded education. I also don't think it's contrary to the liberal arts philosophy to have programs that prepare students for specific jobs. I think you'll find, though, that in the organization of most colleges, the schools of nursing, business, architecture, engineering, journalism, teaching, etc are separate entities within the university.