Jobs for New Grads - The Big Lie? - page 2

a recent article available in medscape is one of an increasing number of pieces that are finally painting a realistic picture of the nursing job market in the us. link here: note that registration (free) may be required... Read More

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    I don't understand why some new grads choose not to work period just because they can't get a job as a nurse. With or without nursing job one still needs to work somewhere to pay bills.

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    I'm just waiting for the day when lazy reporters who write for the popular press do some actual homework instead of being spoonfed their talking points from entrenched interests with a lot to lose if the student base dries up. I don't get really frustrated about stuff like that normally, but when you read the same quotes from the same people in every one of those I know they didn't bother to do anything other than a few perfunctory interviews with "experts" who all come from the same place.

    They obviously think assuming a shortage exists is a no-brainer because it was true for a long time. Now they display their lack of skill for all the world to see and look like a bunch of nincompoops.
    Last edit by nursel56 on Jan 15, '12
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    Quote from nursel56
    I'm just waiting for the day when lazy reporters who write for the popular press do some actual homework instead of being spoonfed their talking points from entrenched interests with a lot to lose if the student base dries up. I don't get really frustrated about stuff like that normally, but when you read the same quotes from the same people in every one of those I know they didn't bother to do anything other than a few perfunctory interviews with "experts" who all come from the same place.

    They obviously think assuming a shortage exists is a no-brainer because it was true for a long time. Now they display their lack of skill for all the world to see and look like a bunch of nincompoops.
    From your lips to God's ears.
    I sometimes think that the reporters who report on the economy are more interested in belonging to the "club" and hanging out with CEOs, bankers, economists, and Wall Street big wigs than finding and reporting facts. Do they do this because they are that naive/lazy or are they lining themselves up for a big money job on the "inside"?
    And you are so right, it does seem that all of the experts quoted have some vested interest in keeping a bubble inflated.
    That's interesting, nursing is the new "bubble".
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    I didn't work the last semester of my BSN, last Spring.
    I have not taken a job at a restaurant or retail store (I have a great deal of experience). I have been under the assumption, for 8 months, that I would land one of the 264 jobs I've applied to in the nursing field. I did not want to start working somewhere, only to leave when I'm offered a position as a nurse. Call me crazy, but I can't work somewhere for 2 weeks or 2 months just to up and leave when the better option opens. (ethics) I took a seasonal flu shot position back in August, but it is now out of season.

    And, this wasn't supposed to happen. I feel betrayed.
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    Thanks
    Last edit by lmhendersonrn on Jan 15, '12 : Reason: wrong
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    Why do you feel betrayed? I don't think there is a single occupation anywhere that guarantees work after graduation and this nursing slump has been present for well over 2 years now.
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    The big lie, and the feeling of betrayal stems from all the "nursing shortage" propaganda. Schools like to go along with this for the most part. Some now are tempering what they say, tho.

    My college went along on it all, that is up until our pinning where the DON told the audience that we would have some serious problems finding work, that, nobody was hiring and the forecast was dire. We were like, whaaaaaaaa? You could see the look of shock in the audience of family members. We all were adults and knew job finding would be competitive, but you just had to hear the "confessional" tone of her words - like she had to say it now especially since it was way past our last date to withdraw. Heh.
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    I strongly believe nursing schools need to reduce their enrollment in some geographic areas. The state I'm from has more than doubled its total prelicensure enrollment in the last 5 years. It was done to meet the predicted shortage that did not materialize. Now it's the opposite - many new grads unable to get jobs. I had to leave that area to get a job as a new grad.

    I can imagine why the nursing schools have not cut enrollment. It's devastating to give up hard-won gains in their infrastructure and funding, and who can bear to lay off a colleague? Thing is, nursing instructors are multipliers, creating too many new nurses. I keep reading articles that say the nursing shortage will re-materialize as baby boomers start retiring. How many years do we go, believing this, despite the numbers of unemployed new grads?

    I've yet to see or hear of a single nursing program reduce its enrollment. For the public programs, these are wasted tax dollars. At what point will nursing programs reduce their enrollment? In many areas where there's a glut of unemployed new grads, I just believe it's some kind of moral error committed by the colleges and universities.
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    Quote from Multicollinearity
    I strongly believe nursing schools need to reduce their enrollment in some geographic areas.
    At the end of the day, they are just a business trying to make money.
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    Quote from NurseLoveJoy88
    I don't understand why some new grads choose not to work period just because they can't get a job as a nurse. With or without nursing job one still needs to work somewhere to pay bills.
    It's really difficult to get a job when you are an RN because they think you will up and leave as soon as a nursing job comes your way and you can't really lie about school because how will you make up for all that time you had no work history?


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