Just wanted to say that. I've been a nurse since 2008 and did ok, first in sub-acute rehab and now in med-surg, did not experience any unemployment and had very stable finances that whole time. I guess I got lucky because I graduated just as the industry was going down the toilet.
I just want to share my observation that this is no longer the industry of opportunities it once was, it has really changed for the worse, the attitude of employers has changed for the worse, and opportunities for young people have disappeared.
This industry has never been about making x or y amount of money, but it's been about opportunities
for young people. Now the opportunities are in jeopardy.
Young talented BSNs can't even find work in med-surg nowadays because new grads are not welcome.
If you can't at least do med-surg because new grads are not welcome, you are setting yourself up for failure in later career because something like med-surg is the foundation, and they're denying you even the foundation you need to get started.
My advice for young people interested in a career in health care is to stay clear of nursing but do something like physical therapy. A PT degree may require 3 years more in school (because it's a PhD or a Masters) but the extra 3 years will be worth it because everywhere you go employers will accept you, nobody will give you a hard time because you're a new grad, and companies will be glad to take you under their wings and train you.
I got back from the website for the Norther Illinois University PT program and their employment rate for new PT grads is 100% (this means 100% of new grads are welcome in physical therapy).
Just my 2 cents.
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It's truly sad and I still can't understand the ads stating that the projection in the US is that RNs will be needed on 20 such and such year. New grads need a job NOW. I live in NYC and it's hard for new grads to find work.
Probably because the projections are full of crap? Probably because it's pure speculation and nobody really knows for sure as the job market and the economy are unpredictable? Hey, let's backtrack about 10 years and remember the computer programmer projections or real estate/finance/banking projections as they were in 1999 or 2000, which turned to be completely unreliable, and were followed by massive downsizing in those industries. It is extremely risky, in my opinion, to project industry growth in the next 20 years, because that's a very long time. This country was turned upside down in the space of a month (2008) and 20 years worth of projections turned out to be just wishful thinking.
Last edit by Concerto_in_C on Sep 30, '13