For all those new graduate nurses out there who are searching for jobs and begging for interviews. It's time to do something in between resume sending and interminable waiting. Nurses are the largest group of healthcare providers in the United States. LET'S USE OUR NEWLY ACQUIRED VOICE!!!
Below is a link to a petition that will request that the President provide stimulus incentives for hospitals and healthcare corporations to train and retain new graduate R.Ns.
We heard about the "nursing shortage", heeded "the call", put in untold effort and toil to achieve the coveted license. IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION.
We need to unite and help create options for ourselves at the local, state and national level. We are in the best position to HELP OURSELVES.
This is only one idea that one nurse had to try and improve the situation for others. Does anyone else have any other ideas? Are there other avenues, solutions, ideas that some of the most hardworking and creative professionals can explore?
Will you sign? Or will you enjoy the complacency of your perhaps fortunate employment while your colleagues who worked beside you remain without a job and deep debt.
Please pass this on to those who you think will support our cause. Social media and networking may be one way to make our numbers and needs known.
WE need 100,000 signatures by October 22, and I KNOW that WE can get them!!
Sep 23, '13
by Just and R.N
The point of this petition/post is not only to achieve funding but also raise awareness about a particular problem. It is an attempt at political activism which judging by the lack of response was quite a failure.
There are many programs that provide funding for educating nurses and advancing their level of training, (title Vlll and Vll of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) however new nursing graduates would like a specific program that provides grants to employers to cover the training of new graduate nurses.
I have heard from recruiters that they are not hiring new grads due to uncertainty about how the ACA will play out. With the delayed passage of the ACA new nurses are in a terrible position with healthcare providers wary of allocating already strapped funds to train new nurses. The average new nurse costs between 10-50K an expense that is felt as unjustified in today's climate.
This post asked for more ideas, better ideas, solutions and that other people like me (who I know are out there by reading the endless posts about unemployed grads) have to contribute.
Last edit by Just and R.N on Sep 23, '13
Allocation of federal funds to hospitals with purpose to train new GNs can very quickly lead to development of a system like the one for training doctors. The latter thing is commonly known as "Match and residency" and is very much alike to slavery in its worst features. Do you want, one beautiful day, to face choice between leaving your family and going to a place right across the country, live there for a year or so and work 80 hours/week with salary lower than in McDonald's and openness to all abuses imaginable OR sacrifice your career altogether, at once?
What, IMHO, we can do (and I'm pretty much surprised nothing like that hadn't ever attempted - counting 700.000+ members of this forum alone) is make the information we have available. Schools where half of the class cannot find jobs after 6 months should be made known - like ones which go for more and above to help their grads, so that the former ones do not get students' money. Hospitals offering nursing residencies should be made known - with map and states' statistics probably. Same about places which do not hire new grads, or appears to interview them a lot but never offer jobs, or use new grads as warm bodies to manage their inhuman working conditions. All students appear to know one place or another where "only those new grads who worked there as techs" are welcome and another one where new grads are interviewed but never hired.
If information of this sort could be "concentrated" in one place (with limited public access) it could save some very real money at the very least. Nobody deserves to be left on cold air with student loans because the school conveniently forgot to mention their 30% placement rate.
(P.S. if someone is concerned about legality of such an enterprise, there is the infamous*** forum and several others where details of malignant residency programs are discussed in details large and small among physicians. Only the personal names are limited to private mail, everything else is available for free to anyone, being it the truth or not, and this information is widely used by candidates while preparing for Match. I do not even mention the public forums and Facebook where patients discuss hospitals, agencies, doctors and us as well, in all kinds of details and without any risk of persecution whatsoever, by the First Amendment).
Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 24, '13
: Reason: TOS/removed link