New AACN Data Confirm that Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses Are More Likely to Secure Jobs
In August 2013, AACN conducted an online survey of nursing schools offering entry-level baccalaureate and graduate programs in the U.S. to better assess the experience of new graduates seeking employment. The survey found that the average job offer rate at the time of graduation was 59% for new nurses based on data collected from 413 schools. By comparison, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted a national survey of 38,000 new college graduates across disciplines and found that only 29.3% of new graduates in 2012 had a job offer at graduation.
Other key findings from the AACN survey include:
- The percentage of BSN graduates with job offers at graduation varied by region of the country, from 68% in the South, to 59% in the Midwest, to 50% in the Northeast, to 47% in the West.
- At 4 to 6 months after graduation, the average job offer rate climbed to 89% nationally for graduates of entry-level BSN programs.
- The job offer rate for new nurses at the 4-6 month mark also varied by region from 93% in the South, to 90% in the Midwest, to 82% in the Northeast and West.
- The AACN survey also looked at new RNs graduating from entry-level master's programs and found that these nurses were even more likely to secure a position soon after graduation. The latest data show that 67% of these graduates had jobs at graduation, and 90% had jobs 4-6 months after completing their studies.
For more http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2013/new-data
It sounds pretty hopeful