I'm a prospective nursing student, hoping to be admitted to a program this year! I always got the impression that there was a high demand for nurses all over Canada with vacant positions and an abundance of job selection. In my province, many foreign nurses have been brought in to alleviate nursing shortages in rural areas, at least in rural communities.
As I've spent more time on AllNurses, I've been reading some posts about nurses having trouble getting jobs and that the demand for nurses may not be so high anymore (The NEED for nurses may still be there, but due to budget restraints, the jobs aren't available).
How accurate is that, and what are the overall job prospects for new nurses throughout Canada? I thought I was going into a career that would give me more job stability than my previous degree, but now I'm worried that I may struggle just as much with getting a nursing job if I do get a nursing degree.
Feb 13, '14
Agreed. There is no nursing shortage. Well....that's not exactly true because we're all working short, but that's on purpose due to budget cuts.
There is a need for staff in rural and remote areas, ER, OR, ICU, and advanced practise nurses. No one is actively recruiting anymore, and it's not likely to improve for years.
Job stability does not exist in any profession anymore, especially when the government can dictate working conditions.
Last edit by joanna73 on Feb 13, '14