Quote from Lisa From Maui
You wrote, "training new grads is expensive and no one has money to spare right now."
Exactly my point. Does anyone think outside the box?
I've seen programs on the mainland where student nurses work their final semester training at the facility of their choice. The nursing school has connections with 10 different hospitals. The student chooses one department at one hospital. And, it's not like the student is bounced around, spending 2 weeks on each floor, not really learning how to do one job, and do it well. The student works 20-30-40 hours/week at one facility, working on one floor only, learning, learning, learning about that one department.
At the end of the semester, the student knows the hospital's rules, knows the doctors and other nurses on one floor, knows the policies and procedures, knows the expectations for that one floor. She finishes the semester, takes her NCLEX, and is usually hired immediately. The charge nurses love it because they know who they're getting.
It's basically an internship. The student is not paid while learning, so the hospital doesn't pay an hourly wage, doesn't pay a salary, and doesn't pay benefits. It's a transition between school & the work place.
Is any school doing anything like that? Lemme know. Lisa ;-)
"...and is usually hired immediately."
What would be the purpose in doing this if there are no jobs available after the "internship"?
It's a nice learning experience but if there is no job at the end of the rainbow than it is not a "transition." It's just a nice learning experience.
Valuable in itself, of course, but if the facilities have no jobs to offer there would be no hiring.
Facilities are slashing costs everywhere they can. Those few that are in the black or at least not drowning in debt have done so by pinching pennies until they scream.
Even "free" student nurse intern programs (and BTW---any program that I have seen like this DOES pay the SN at least a stipend) have costs associated with them. In this economy hospitals, IMHO, are not going to put even ten cents into anything that won't turn them a profit.