Is there a nursing shortage? - page 4

Is there in fact a nursing shortage? If so please tell me where. I know respite work is important ... but I'd feel more comfortable knowing if this is a truth ...... Read More

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    I am a new grad and this is my third career as well. I entered nursing in my early 30's. I had a difficult time finding a job in my opinion, graduated in May 2011. I sent applications everywhere and filled out over 250 applications.

    In July, I was offered a 'sub-optimal" job as a RN on overnights in the local nursing home. And as you described I was going to be the grunt on the night shift. The nursing home requires a RN on duty 24 hours a day, but is mostly ran by LPN's. The nursing director was an LPN who interviewed me and when I sat down for the interview she described the job I would be doing as LPN work with a 20-25 patient assignment based on census. My charge nurse would be an LPN. My pay would be LPN level pay and I asked her where the RN house nurse would be working. She explained that I would be the RN house nurse on nights (just in case anyone fell or needed an assessment). This job was 'sub optimal' and many nursing homes are taking advantage of new grads. I declined the job offer and kept looking.

    By October I was offered a med-surg job at a local hospital and I now work on a med-surg floor, they asked me in my interview if I wanted days or nights (my choice). Like all the other nurses I work every 3rd weekend and every 3rd holiday. I am treated the same as any nurse on my floor and I am not their %^&*^. I obviously cannot get a job as a nursing manager (nor would I want one at this point in my career) but I didn't have to go to work in a "'sub-optimal' position". They said after 6 months off orientation I could switch to ICU or ER. Many of the people in my orientation group were also new grads. It seems your main question is: If you become a nurse will you be treated poorly for your first few years? In my experience, not unless you let someone treat you that way or take advantage of your license.

    At my hospital they only want you to start in med-surg for a minimum of 6 months so you learn prioritization/patient assessment/charting. Good luck and if you want to become a nurse don't let the 6 months after nursing school deter you. It was a real pain and I am glad it is over, but I will never have difficulty finding a job again with experience.

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    Quote from checker1981
    I am a new grad and this is my third career as well. I entered nursing in my early 30's. I had a difficult time finding a job in my opinion, graduated in May 2011. I sent applications everywhere and filled out over 250 applications.

    In July, I was offered a 'sub-optimal" job as a RN on overnights in the local nursing home. And as you described I was going to be the grunt on the night shift. The nursing home requires a RN on duty 24 hours a day, but is mostly ran by LPN's. The nursing director was an LPN who interviewed me and when I sat down for the interview she described the job I would be doing as LPN work with a 20-25 patient assignment based on census. My charge nurse would be an LPN. My pay would be LPN level pay and I asked her where the RN house nurse would be working. She explained that I would be the RN house nurse on nights (just in case anyone fell or needed an assessment). This job was 'sub optimal' and many nursing homes are taking advantage of new grads. I declined the job offer and kept looking.

    By October I was offered a med-surg job at a local hospital and I now work on a med-surg floor, they asked me in my interview if I wanted days or nights (my choice). Like all the other nurses I work every 3rd weekend and every 3rd holiday. I am treated the same as any nurse on my floor and I am not their %^&*^. I obviously cannot get a job as a nursing manager (nor would I want one at this point in my career) but I didn't have to go to work in a "'sub-optimal' position". They said after 6 months off orientation I could switch to ICU or ER. Many of the people in my orientation group were also new grads. It seems your main question is: If you become a nurse will you be treated poorly for your first few years? In my experience, not unless you let someone treat you that way or take advantage of your license.

    At my hospital they only want you to start in med-surg for a minimum of 6 months so you learn prioritization/patient assessment/charting. Good luck and if you want to become a nurse don't let the 6 months after nursing school deter you. It was a real pain and I am glad it is over, but I will never have difficulty finding a job again with experience.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Also, 6 months is nothing in the grand scheme of things.
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    I have about 3 years experience as a med-surg RN. I have been unable to find work; hospital say they want "experienced" RNs. They want specialty experience, ie ICU, ER, etc. It is hard to find work if your experience is "just" on a med/surg floor. I have been looking for work since April, 2011, in Oregon. No luck. I changed careers to become an RN. Had I known it was this difficult to find work, I would not have done it. Kind of a bummer because I like being a nurse. You read all these posts of people complaining, well at least you guys have a job.
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    Quote from nurse2011RN
    I have about 3 years experience as a med-surg RN. I have been unable to find work; hospital say they want "experienced" RNs. They want specialty experience, ie ICU, ER, etc. It is hard to find work if your experience is "just" on a med/surg floor. I have been looking for work since April, 2011, in Oregon. No luck. I changed careers to become an RN. Had I known it was this difficult to find work, I would not have done it. Kind of a bummer because I like being a nurse. You read all these posts of people complaining, well at least you guys have a job.
    Have you considered relocation?

    I'm not a nurse yet, but I left Oregon because of its rampant unemployment about a decade ago. Oregon is beautiful, my family is there, I grew up there and it's ultimately where I call 'home', but I had a hard time staying employed even on minimum wage jobs (which seems to be what most of them are). Hopefully you are at least near Portland or Salem or somewhere semi-populated, because if you're down in the Rogue Valley or out East I'd tell you to get out of that place as soon as you can. Of course, WA and CA will probably have more opportunity, but they'll also be expensive places to live.

    Good luck.
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    I've noticed a huge nursing shortage...it seems that most of the nurses I work with are 5'2"-5'8" so I'm more than a foot taller than most of my co-workers. This nursing "short"age is crazy!
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    Took me over 350 applications and 7 different states to finally get a job. Almost 10 months of intensive searching and applying. I would say there is a shortage of experienced nurses. New grads. are having a hell of a time finding jobs.


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