Quote from malamud69
Interesting...this old argument again...seems to me where I live with the hundreds, perhaps thousands of new students each year that are "churned" out as some would lead you to believe, if the problem was so bad I'd be seeing nurses on the side of the road with signs that might read "New grad will work for food..." Yet, when I talk to the administrators and people I know in the programs most of the new grads have jobs! Wow seems like the hype goes both ways...and as one of the posters mentioned above. It is up to each of us to secure a job...it was like that when I worked during the construction boom and all the way back when I was in high school ...nothing is made easier or harder by a shortage or a glut(remember this is the good ol' USA workers have no real rights anyway so you must take what you can get)...you must jump in with both feet...nothing is handed to you because of your education...get a foot in somewhere and who you know will count! I have been hearing this whining for so long....education is education a job is a job. Quit complaining and go to work.
Good grief! This is very harsh.
There are shortages in areas that don't have nursing schools nearby and there are gluts in areas of high population concentrations. Some people can mount a national job search
and move where the jobs are, other people just can't. I had some weak career advisement when I went the first time, I was told a historian could do anything, the part they left out? I would have had to move away and I wasn't prepared to do that for personal reasons. I paddled around in circles then I got mad and went back to school!
If someone is sold on rosy promises from a college recruiter while the media is trumpeting nursing shortage but they live in a town with three or four programs? getting a job might not be so easy. even if they get that far...I would like the media to hush about "Nursing shortages" and stop selling nursing as an iron rice bowl. it isn't.
It's a great job if you love it and want to work with people and things medical. It's a versitile starting place. That's all true. It's a tough program and I had to ask myself every day just how bad I wanted it!