Im sure there is no simple answer to this question but people on here are quite insightful and I would Love to hear some of the responses. We all know that the job market is tough out there, especially for New Grads or those without hospital experience. However, we always hear about hospitals being short staffed or we see a million job postings for nurses (albeit they often say experienced). So, evidently that means that they DO need nurses! My question then is what is keeping the hospitals or other institution from hiring NG or people with little experience if they are so in need of staff? is it a lack of preceptors/nursing educators? is it that hospitals aren't willing to spend or don't have the money to spend on training? or is it something else? Im all ears.<br>
My personal view is this: If it is a money issue, I would be willing to take a paycut for the first few months to offset the costs of training. What are your thoughts on that idea?
Jan 18, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
The market is very tight. There is NO nursing shortage. The jobs maybe posted but there are hiring freezes due to the economy. NUrses have returned to the workforce because their S.O. is unemployed and nurses who planned to retire cannot because we lost our butts in 401K when everything crashed. There are nursing schools churning out grads at an alarming rate to take advantage of the economy and the flocking of society to the "recession proof" healthcare field...with no positions to fulfill. There are hospitals that offer "internships" or "residencies" that you pay them to train you available but they are few and far between and don't guarantee employment. right now it just stinks out there
Hospitals are "short staffed" but they want it that way......due to budget cits and hospitals are still laying off.
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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.
This too shall pass....eventually. I wish you luck:heartbeat
ps. I have several likes before I edited for spelling...
Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 20, '12
: Reason: spelling
Jan 18, '12
Don't mistake me: CNAs are certainly an important part of the health care team. The don't, however, have the same level of responsibility that a nurse does. If you want that bigger paycheck, you're going to have to go back to school.[/QUOTE]i am not bitter yes some of you have a lot of responsibilities but a lot of you dont such as psych nurses overpaid underworked. and i am in school i am tired of the board of nurses turning out money hungry no compassionate nurses. nursing is taking care of patients. icu nicu trauma nurses L&D ER nurses yes well deserving nurses and should be paid top dollars. I'm speaking to most of the nurse in longterm care unit in hospitals and longterm facilities dialysis nurses who for the most part think their job is basically come in and give out orders to the little people. I know a lot of them who would go and jump through hoops to find a cna to give a patient water rather then go and get them some water. I am in school so i can eventually change the way some of the jobs in hospitals run their facilities in longterm care you pass the pills you should pass the water. what task the medication that comes is faxed to the pharmacy the pharmacy prepares the orders you follow up on the orders I'm not knocking your duties as a nurse Its all about organizing your duties you have cnas and lvns or pn and a unit secretary that are assisting you as well so your job isnt that hard and you work 3 day wks.
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 19, '12