Auto Workers Shift into Nursing

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    in the past year, both of mr. warren's daughters have left auto-manufacturing jobs to attend nursing school. his youngest, angela davis, built engines for 11 years at a chrysler plant here. but when chrysler group offered her a $100,000 buyout, she decided on nursing. "we know a lot of money goes to health care from the auto makers," the 35-year-old mother of three says. "they talk about it all the time -- especially during our contract talks."

    former uaw members are also being pushed toward health care by auto makers and government officials, who note a growing demand in the field. the american association of college nursing estimates the u.s. currently has 126,000 nursing vacancies. by 2014, the u.s. will require 1.2 million new and replacement nurses, according to the u.s. bureau of labor statistics, as many of the nation's 2.9 million nurses retire and aging baby boomers need increasing amounts of care.


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  3. Visit  VU RN BSN profile page
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    If the AACN claims the USA currently has 126,000 nursing vacancies, then maybe they can explain to us why most new graduate nurses (new RNs) are unable to find jobs!

    Heck, I'm not even a new grad, I've been an RN for several years now and I have RN experience in a couple different settings, yet I am unemployeed and have been job hunting for several months and still haven't received any job offers.

    These people are "being pushed toward health care" because of a "growing demand in the field?!? Somebody needs to tell them the market is already saturated with nurses and many of these nurses are out of work and having difficulty finding employment.

    I am soooo tired of the media telling people they should go to nursing school because of a supposed "nursing shortage". We are going to be seeing more and more people entering the nursing workforce just because they want job security and not because they actually desire to be a nurse.
    rabbitgirrl, CherryBlonde, bikelola, and 21 others like this.
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    I am not happy about this at all. I am all for people finding stable jobs, and all about increasing nursing staff when and where it is needed. But I am afraid that this may cause a huge nursing glut in the coming years, and these people that have chosen nursing as a stable income, will be minimizing the opportunities for those of use who truly have a passion for nursing and caring .

    I have a huge issue with people that go into nursing just for the pay and stability. Not only does it make it harder for those who have a passion for it, but I personally think that it puts patient care on the line. I see a huge rise in the neglect, and abuse of patients in the coming years. I'm not saying that those who go into nursing just because it is a job are bad people, but I am saying that it takes a very special person, to give direct care. And when you don't have that the job can and will get to you, and sometimes, a lot of times it ends in abuse.
    Rockhopper, rabbitgirrl, CherryBlonde, and 16 others like this.
  5. Visit  dreamon profile page
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    I've decided not to get up in arms about it anymore. The media isn't going to stop this campaign they have going anytime soon I presume.

    The real losers in this situation are (1) students who've been interested in nursing before the economy slump who now will have that much more competition and (2) some of these future nurses who will regret ever becoming a nurse in the first place just because the 10 o'clock news told them it was a good idea.
    CherryBlonde, Nurseosaurus, lindarn, and 11 others like this.
  6. Visit  mitcornsus profile page
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    It is much better to train unemployed auto workers into nurses than to import nurses from other countries.

    USCIS has a huge backlog of I485 applications from Philipo nurses. It does not make sense at all to approve these applications. Why do US need to import foreign nurses if US own graduates have trouble finding jobs? Are USCIS go nuts?
  7. Visit  Valerie Salva profile page
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    I agree completely with all of the above responses!
    lindarn likes this.
  8. Visit  AnnieNHRN profile page
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    Please don't forget there are still many parts of the country that still have a huge shortage of nurses. I too live in a "surplus" area and it's tough. There is a lot of competition out there.
    However, in a couple of years when the economy is better there will be an increase in demand for nurses again, even in the surplus areas. Lots of nurses that are postponing retirement right now will retire when the economy is better. Hospitals will be able to staff better. The need for nurses will be even greater after the next couple of years. We need people to get started in nursing programs now to meet that need. And when that time comes we will be begging the USCIS to hurry up with getting the foreign nurses through approval... I'm all for people getting retraining to join the nursing work force.
    Just my thoughts on the subject.
  9. Visit  AuntC_NC profile page
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    This topic was featured on the nightly news recently, I think it was NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams.
    It really got my BP up as I think the media tends to ignore certain aspects of the profession and the nursing shortage they keep reporting on. The story portrayed nursing as a career with many opportunities and financial security, no mention of what it REALLY takes to be a nurse. They actually said for auto workers it is a good move because they were making about 60k and can expect that as an RN too !! How about doing a story on the lack of actual nursing programs and qualified instructors ! I am an LPN and I recently relocated to North Carolina. Finding employment has been challenging....jobs are scarce. I want to go back to school for my RN but several of the programs I am interested in have a huge backlog of applicants and are therefore highly competetive. It's very discouraging.
  10. Visit  jan Christian profile page
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    Filipino nurses are compassionate.just like you mitcornsus.we do what God wants us to be an angel of the sickroom.we may want to earn dollars its because we want to upgrade our status and help our family to have a good home and to meet the maslow's hierarchy of needs and most of all we are dedicated to our calling just like you do .are those auto workers of yours compassionate with the nursing vocation?!I doubt it...God bless you and your family mitcornsus...
    jazz_is_my_game likes this.
  11. Visit  rngolfer53 profile page
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    Quote from Dream_Nurse2b
    I am not happy about this at all. I am all for people finding stable jobs, and all about increasing nursing staff when and where it is needed. But I am afraid that this may cause a huge nursing glut in the coming years, and these people that have chosen nursing as a stable income, will be minimizing the opportunities for those of use who truly have a passion for nursing and caring .

    I have a huge issue with people that go into nursing just for the pay and stability. Not only does it make it harder for those who have a passion for it, but I personally think that it puts patient care on the line. I see a huge rise in the neglect, and abuse of patients in the coming years. I'm not saying that those who go into nursing just because it is a job are bad people, but I am saying that it takes a very special person, to give direct care. And when you don't have that the job can and will get to you, and sometimes, a lot of times it ends in abuse.
    I also think that it will be a huge shock for auto workers to encounter the level of work nurses do.
    rabbitgirrl, KeyMaster, braga, and 3 others like this.
  12. Visit  jazz_is_my_game profile page
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    Quote from rngolfer53
    I also think that it will be a huge shock for auto workers to encounter the level of work nurses do.
    Working in an auto factory is quite stressful, rngolfer... albeit not in the same setting. Trust me!

    Edit/ I forgot to add...the dealing with all those personalities is stressful! But that is every work setting.

    Many people from the office and some on the floor (meaning autoworkers) may have a shock when they actually have to get down and dirty and not sit when their job is done. There are a lot of hard workers from the plants...but just as many are just there to do their thing.

    All in all I hope everyone that goes into nursing understands what is at stake and if it is what they truly want to do...I wish them all the best! Seriously.
    Last edit by jazz_is_my_game on Mar 29, '09
  13. Visit  cruisin_woodward profile page
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    Quote from VU RN BSN
    If the AACN claims the USA currently has 126,000 nursing vacancies, then maybe they can explain to us why most new graduate nurses (new RNs) are unable to find jobs!

    Heck, I'm not even a new grad, I've been an RN for several years now and I have RN experience in a couple different settings, yet I am unemployeed and have been job hunting for several months and still haven't received any job offers.

    These people are "being pushed toward health care" because of a "growing demand in the field?!? Somebody needs to tell them the market is already saturated with nurses and many of these nurses are out of work and having difficulty finding employment.

    I am soooo tired of the media telling people they should go to nursing school because of a supposed "nursing shortage". We are going to be seeing more and more people entering the nursing workforce just because they want job security and not because they actually desire to be a nurse.
    this is mostly pertaining to the Metro Detroit area, and there is a desperate need for nurses here! Nurses (and other medical field jobs) are the only ones that are working steady, and have job security. So they need to fix the crisis here...these students have qualified... The part most here have problems with is that it is accelerated (they have classes year long) and this is something that could be offered to all... But there are no instructors. I know in other parts of the country, there Is no shortage, but there sure is here!
  14. Visit  Jo Dirt profile page
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    I've been telling everyone I know this was going to happen.

    I guess I'm a prophet.


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