Jobs for New Grads - The Big Lie? - page 6

by chuckster

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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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    Please read--dylan rattigan just had a 20 min segment on how there is a gigantic shortage of nurses--what a load of ********
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    I am a nursing student (1/2 way there!) so I'm following this pretty closely. Does anyone else see the market opening up a little bit? There's certainly not the bonuses and recruitment of 5 years ago, but I'm seeing more new grad postings and less "I can't get a job" posts.

    I do have to wonder - Those that are unable to find jobs - have they worked for it or did they just buy into the promises of nursing schools that they'll be swimming in job offers. I mean, applying to 1,000 jobs means nothing if you haven't done anything to get yourself in a good position.

    I knew that I wanted to go to nursing school, so I got a job in a hospital. Learned everything that anyone was willing to teach me and spent 5 years on that floor. I knew without a doubt that I'd be hired onto my floor as a new grad but I also knew that it wasn't where I wanted to be as a nurse. So I took my 5 years of experience in my current position and got a job on the specific floor in the specific hospital that I wanted to work in. I'm learning a ton, taking every chance for more training and education that I can get my hands on. I take on more work than my job requires. I see this as a 2 year job interview.

    I also did not burn any bridges at my old job. I maintain a good relationship and stay in touch with my old boss, so I know at the very least, I will be able to go back there when I graduate.


    If others are not taking the time and making the effort to develop their careers and expecting things to be handed to them - I have little sympathy.
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    I think there are many new grads who are as diligent as you are in strategizing their goals to fit with whatever other responsibilities and people/things require their attention. They got caught up in an unprecedented perfect storm of the supply of new grads finally keeping up with demand, the trend toward hiring techs to do many things tradiitionally associated with nursing, the economy tanking, and schools clinging to the rosy job scenarios for their own interests aka "The Big Lie".

    Judging by the many posts I've read on this subject, I can say the vast majority do not expect anything to be handed to them. The issue is so bad, allnurses added a few new forums specifically geared toward helping people get hired in an extremely tough job market. There you can read some of the things people are going through, find out if more jobs are finally opening up, and share your advice.

    You have a great understanding of the concept of networking, it's surprisng how many people really don't. Best wishes as you continue in nursing school!

    Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance - Nurses / Nursing Students

    Nursing Resume Help - Nurses / Nursing Students

    Nursing Interview Help - Nurses / Nursing Students
    Last edit by nursel56 on Feb 5, '12
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    Quote from wantccu
    If others are not taking the time and making the effort to develop their careers and expecting things to be handed to them - I have little sympathy.
    This is tough love, but it is true.
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    Quote from mrluciano2u
    Please read--dylan rattigan just had a 20 min segment on how there is a gigantic shortage of nurses--what a load of ********
    Exactly why we and all 500,000 allnurses on this site need to write, call, email, fax everybody, every tv station, newspaper, journal, organization, talk show, elected officials NOW. I have been telling my story and sending my letters since 2008. Unless we all do it, they will NEVER get a freakin clue. Thanks, off my soapbox now. If anybody wants a list of email/phone numbers of above mentioned, I have a long one.
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    I have too....they don't want to listen. It's all political bullhorns and rhetoric by politicians. Personally I believe it was all made up to cause this surplus so hospitals could start cutting benefits and wages. which is exactly what has happened.
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    I just recently acquired a job as a tech at a local hospital, and that was hard! I have a BS degree from a major university and it took me ~2 years to land a job as a tech where, supposedly, the only requirement is a high school diploma! I ran into the "post job offers, but never fill them" problem more times than I could count. I knew I wanted a job in a hospital so I sent application after application trying to get my foot in the door. I'm 1/2 way through my nursing program and I feel very fortunate to have found this website so early in my nursing path because I knew early on about the "nursing need" lie. I feel more prepared for life after graduation than most of my peers.

    So, just a big thank you! For being here and getting the word out about the overflow of new nurses, hopefully I am a better new hire candidate because of you!
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    @Nursel56
    My thought parallel yours...I am hopefully about to enter a nursing program come summer '12 and wonder what type of newly graduated nurse can't find a job. Is it the family member who spouse has a settled job and they can't move around so which limits their job opportunities? I'm wondering what the market would look like for people who are extremely flexible and willing to work wherever...
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    It's still a tough market and many hospitals only take on a few new grads (if any) at a time. Flexability and willingnes to move will be a big help......but this bottle neck will be around for a few more years.
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