Healthcare Taps The Brake On Job CreationRegister Today!
- by DoGoodThenGo Aug 27, '11Even during months of stubbornly high unemployment, the health-care industry has provided a solid underpinning, reliably adding jobs in an otherwise dismal environment.
For example, hospitals, nursing homes and the like added about 430,000 jobs during the recession, as the country shed 7.5 million jobs.
Full story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...arejobs23.html
- Aug 28, '11 by chucksterthis comment on the seattle times article was posted at the newspaper's website. it may be a bit strongly worded but seems to me to be generally on target:
“and many expect that when the economy finally does rebound, hiring will, again, take off, especially when more people are expected to be insured under the federal health care law. geraldine bednash, chief executive of the american association of colleges of nursing, expects there is pent-up demand for their services, especially for nurse practitioners and nurse midwives, who would work in primary care. “we are going to see this huge onslaught of need for nurses,” she said. “so we’re in a blip, that’s all.”
sounds like self-preservation to promote a "pent-up" need for nurse practitioner and nurse midwives when enrollment in rn programs will decrease after students find out they've been duped about a nursing shortage that doesn't really exist. i hope they do not believe this lie either.
calling the problem a "blip" is minimizing the thousands of unemployed newly graduated nurses and nurse practitioners in this country right now. hospitals will be downsizing and not creating new positions due to the cuts, perhaps, the nursing schools should help the economy by not enrolling so many nursing students and graduate students to prevent further unemployment rates to increase. this is a huge problem.
nursing schools are contributing to the high unemployment rate by encouraging students to earn degrees for jobs that do not exist in the health care industry. thousands of students have looming student loans that will go into default if they cannot find a job. the taxpayers will eventually foot the bill for this fiasco. there are few positions available for newly graduated nurses and nurse practitioners across the country. hospitals prefer hiring nurses with experience, it is reckless and negligent of the nursing schools to keep giving nursing and graduate students millions in federal financial aid when they are aware of the poor job outlook for their graduates. even nurse practitioners and experienced nurses are experiencing difficulty getting hired in this tough economy.
there are thousands of applicants competing for one of the few graduate nurse and nurse practitioner jobs available in the country. students were told they had excellent earning potential and job security since there was a nursing shortage in this country. the nursing shortage is a lie. due to the economy, many nurses returned to work and postponed their retirement. however, nursing schools continue to enroll thousand of students when they know this is not true and their graduates cannot find jobs. the current job market is saturated with new graduates competing for the few positions that exist for them.
it is obvious who has a hidden agenda regarding the future demand of nurses. now, they are pushing the graduate nurse practitioner and midwives programs down student’s throats to keep enrollment up. this equals job security for faculty when undergraduate enrollments begin to decrease as potential students change their mind about their nursing major. news about their peers in nursing school who cannot not find employment travels fast.
the aacn and nursing schools needs to do the right thing and tell students the truth about their career potential. thousands of students sacrifice their time with loved ones, work during school, and invest a great deal of money to become a nurse. they have families to support. it is a disgrace the schools continue to increase enrollments and collect student’s tuition money each semester. they need to stop downplaying the brutal job market for them after they graduate with a mountain of student debt and no job.
- Aug 29, '11 by workingharderFrom my perspective they haven't tapped the brakes. They've stopped the car, set the parking brake, taken the wheels off, and the whole thing is sitting on concrete blocks.