Is Nursing Still an Attractive Career Choice? - page 2

At a time of grim prospects for Americans without a college degree, nursing can look like a rare chance not just for a job but a real career. Or at least it did.... Read More

  1. Visit  CrunchRN} profile page
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    I am glad things are starting to be reported that are somewhat accurate for a change.
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  3. Visit  klone} profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Or how about this gem from the article:

    There are still jobs for LPNs, especially in the middle of the country, but the postings are mostly in nursing homes, doctor's offices and long-term care facilities. Such jobs are less prestigious and lower paying than hospital jobs, and are less likely to offer opportunities for advancement

    Less prestigious? According to who?

    And last time I checked, I make way more than my fellow LPNs who work in the hospital. I believe the same goes for RNs, but I can't be sure.

    Did the author do any research? I agree with the "there's no nursing shortage" sentiment, obviously. But this is just lazy, hack writing.
    Look on the boards here - you have nursing students and new grads ALL THE TIME complaining about the paucity of hospital jobs, and admitting they don't want to "settle" for a SNF. To most nurses, they ARE looked upon as less prestigious.
  4. Visit  phoenixforealz} profile page
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    I live in Canada, where a bachelors degree is a prerequisite to becoming an RN, and wonder if it is RNs having difficulties finding jobs or BSNs as-well?
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  5. Visit  CrunchRN} profile page
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    Yes. BSN's also.
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  6. Visit  jtmarcy12} profile page
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    With the way hospital are trying to get their nurses to manage patient care, I for one would not want to choose this profession. Some hospitals are cutting out CNA'S so the RN is managing all 5 patients (in CA) and even then that is difficult. The hospitals just don't seem to care anymore, even with patient errors, infections, and even death they still will not try and rectify this problem of the overwhelmed overworked nurse. I find this very disheartening!!!
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  7. Visit  DoGoodThenGo} profile page
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Well the WSJ comes very late to it's wisdom. I clearly remember reading silly, gushing, articels about the vast and looming "nursing shortage" in WSJ back in the mid to late 90's. It was low qualiety reporting and iresponsible journalism.
    Even in the linked to piece:

    " For example, vital signs measurement, once a common task for LPNs in hospitals, is increasingly being performed by RNs instead. Meanwhile less demanding tasks, such as blood-pressure measurement, are being assigned to medical and nursing assistants."

    Really?
    Someone needs to contact the writer of this piece and school him about LPNs/LVNs. In this and his other article on healthcare licensed practical or vocational nurses are continually referred to as "entry level" into nursing rather than the separate field they actually hold. Also allot of what same did or do in hospitals is off by a wide margin as well. Since when did only LPNs or LVNs take vitals?

    There are few to nil comments on this piece on the WSJ site. Would urge real a real nurse or two to respond if only for the sake of providing some sort of balance from those in the trenches.
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  8. Visit  JeanettePNP} profile page
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    ***.
    Even in the linked to piece:

    " For example, vital signs measurement, once a common task for LPNs in hospitals, is increasingly being performed by RNs instead. Meanwhile less demanding tasks, such as blood-pressure measurement, are being assigned to medical and nursing assistants."

    Really?
    Does this writer even know what vital signs are? How is takng bp "less demanding" than taking temperature?
  9. Visit  megank5183} profile page
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    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
  10. Visit  klone} profile page
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    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    Really? How long have you been a nurse? There are lots of places where a nurse with a few years of experience can make that much (and I'm not talking tons of overtime).
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  11. Visit  PMFB-RN} profile page
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    Quote from megank5183
    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    *** Many staff nurses make a lot more than that. In my hospital it would be normal for a nurse to go over $100K after 5-10 years experience. Those who have been there 20+ years can make quite a bit more. I am talking base pay and differentials, not OT. My buddy who works as an ER nurse in a San Jose Ca hospital makes $50K a year more than the $100k + I make here in the upper mid west.
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    I know a RN who works in ICU and makes $64,000 here in tennessee. That's really good for our area too!

    ***And she has been nursing for 15 + years. Most nurses start out at about $23 per hour here.
    Last edit by Tinker88 on May 2, '13 : Reason: add
  13. Visit  elprup} profile page
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    Quote from Esme12
    It's about time someone paid attention to what I have been saying for a couple of years now...there is no shortage! and there are NO guaranteed jobs!
    Exactly!
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  14. Visit  DoGoodThenGo} profile page
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    Quote from megank5183
    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    New grads here in NYC start around $75K to nearly $80K per year. Seasoned RNs can make $85K to near or over $100K per year.
    Registered Nurse Salary in New York City, NY | Glassdoor

    Back in the days before the credit/financial crisis and subsequent upheaval in the NYC healthcare system it was not uncommon for RNs here to pull in well over $100k per year by doing overtime, working two gigs and or traveling. It is good money long as one's body holds out.
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