First of all...Welcome to AN!
Second of all........Why nursing? Personally I'd rather deal with pets......they are always happy to see you, they growl before they bite, you can muzzle them if they're aggressive , they go to the bathroom when you walk them, and keep them in cages until they are feeling better.
There are many making the jump to nursing thinking it is recession proof....but it is NOT. Many new grads are getting out of school and NOT getting jobs.
Looking Out for Our New Nurse Grads
Be a Nurse...If You Can
A popular Website about the nursing profession claims, "there has never been a better time to be a nurse." "Be"
a nurse? Perhaps, but "become
" a nurse? Perhaps, that is less certain
. In spite of continuing to rank among the best careers and best jobs in America, the nursing profession is struggling to welcome its newest members with open arms and paychecks.
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Nurses Are Talking About: Jobs for New Grads
The Big Lie?
Without a doubt, the main source of frustration experienced by recently graduated and licensed but still unemployed nurses is what could be called "the big lie."In other words, the television commercials that encourage young people to become nurses -- and then abandon them for months (or years) without employment; and the educators who tell them that the associate's degree is perfectly adequate to guarantee employment, that they will have their pick of jobs when they graduate, and that there is plenty of time to get a BSN later on. Who knows whether it is greed, ignorance, or wishful thinking that underlies the fairy tales told to nursing students about their future job prospects? Whatever the motivation, the disillusionment of our new grads is palpable. The jobs they expected after all of their hard work just haven't materialized, and some grads are getting pretty desperate.
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Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared
It's that time of year again. Graduating nursing students are preparing to take the NCLEX and are looking for their first jobs. This year, many are finding those first jobs in short supply.
Reports are rampant of new graduates being unable to find open positions in their specialty of choice, and even more shockingly, many are finding it tough to find any openings at all.
These new RNs entered school with the promise that nursing is a recession-proof career. They were told the nursing shortage would guarantee them employment whenever and wherever they wanted.
So what happened? Has the nursing shortage—that we've heard about incessantly for years—suddenly gone away?
The short term answer is clearly yes, although in the long term, unfortunately, the shortage will still be there.
The recession has brought a temporary reprieve to the shortage. Nurses who were close to retirement have seen their 401(k) portfolios plummet and their potential retirement income decline. They are postponing retirement a few more years until the economy—and their portfolios—pick up.
Many nurses have seen their spouses and partners lose their jobs and have increased their hours to make ends meet for their families. Some who left the profession to care for children or for other reasons have rejoined the workforce for similar reasons.
In addition, many hospitals are not hiring. The recession brought hiring freezes to healthcare facilities across the country, and many are still in effect. Help wanted ads for healthcare professionals dropped by 18,400 listings in July.
Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared?
An article by Ruby Vee a AN contributor will be helpful to you.
For Those Considering A Career In Nursing
If you are still interested......the hospital are open 24/7, 365 days a year. You will work holidays and seekends as well as nights. There are no delayed openings or closures due to bad weather. Patients still need care whether it is a blizzard,tornado, or a hurricane. You may leave when you have been relieved and your work is complete. If you patients codes at shift change, before you are relieved, you will stay. You stay until your work is done and your patient is safe....the MD? They are already at home with their families...all snug in their beds.
I am not discouraging you from being a nurse....but I want you to have a realistic view of the profession. This is going to sound more harsh than intended.....but, It never ceases to amaze me the perception of people. "I'm tired of my job", "I love babies", "I need more time with my family"....I know I'll pick something easy, guaranteed employment and work in a doctors office.......I'll be a nurse.
And they are all shocked when they realize after graduation that nursing is a hard job, that nurses are the whipping post of many situations. That we are the low man on the totem pole in pecking order but have the most responsibility.
Consider your choice carefully...nursing school is expensive and time consuming. It will absorb much free time to studying and paper/care plans. Nursing school is very time consuming and financially draining.
Congrats on the new baby!!!!!!! If you like insanity come and be a nurse...