I just graduated from an ASN program in May and I am about to take the NCLEX next week. I do currently have a temporary new grad license...
But I just want to know why are there no jobs available? I live in Rhode Island and the employment here is horrible. Almost every single hospital that does have positions available wants at least 1-2 years of med-surg experience. How are we ever supposed to get experience if we can't get a job?? Even the few and far between positions for nurses at clinics and doctor's offices want 3-5 years experience, plus specialty experience. It is downright depressing.
One of the reasons I chose the health care field was because "there would always be jobs available." That is such a lie. Whenever I tell people that I just graduated and will be an RN they always say, at least you will never be without a job! That is so false.
When I spoke with the nurses at the hospitals where I did my clinical rotations, they said they felt so bad for us and how back in the 80's hospitals were begging them to take positions and even offering sign on bonuses.
I just feel like it will be so long before I ever find a job that I won't remember half of the stuff I learned
I don't know......
A local psych hospital got rid of all of their older nurses last year by offering "early retirement packages". The only thing is they never hired any nurses after that..
Last edit by vab229 on Jun 25, '13