Need For Nurses Remains High in Maryland

  1. The number of unfilled nursing jobs in Maryland has dropped slightly after a spike in the late 1990s, according to a new survey, but nurses are still in high demand across the state.

    Vacant nursing positions fell to 10.8 percent last year, down from 12.6 percent in 2002 and a record high of 15.6 percent in 2001, according to the Maryland Hospital Association's annual personnel survey. The survey tracks vacancy and turnover rates among 42 different hospital jobs.

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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   bluesky
    I live way in Maryland but am deeply commited to unionism which is not at all espoused by the Md NA so I travel to D.C. to be in a union shop.
  4. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    I reside in Maryland and you would never know that there was such a shortage here. I went on many interviews this year as a new graduate and the pay they were presenting to me was not what I was expecting after doing research on starting pay for nurses. It was around 20-22/hr. If I wanted to go to Washington D.C. they start at 24/hr, but you have to pay for parking. You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation. I have also read that Maryland was one of the highest paid area for nurses, but I have'nt noticed that yet. I have talked with friends of mine that are nurses who get paid well, but only after working for several years. Even in the specialty areas where pay was thought be more than other areas is not the case anymore. They get paid the same across the units.
    At least this is what I have noticed. We do a lot of work and don't get paid what we should. But I love helping people and that is why I got into this profession.
  5. by   nursemjb
    Quote from Evelyn381
    I reside in Maryland and you would never know that there was such a shortage here. I went on many interviews this year as a new graduate and the pay they were presenting to me was not what I was expecting after doing research on starting pay for nurses. It was around 20-22/hr. If I wanted to go to Washington D.C. they start at 24/hr, but you have to pay for parking. You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation. I have also read that Maryland was one of the highest paid area for nurses, but I have'nt noticed that yet. I have talked with friends of mine that are nurses who get paid well, but only after working for several years. Even in the specialty areas where pay was thought be more than other areas is not the case anymore. They get paid the same across the units.
    At least this is what I have noticed. We do a lot of work and don't get paid what we should. But I love helping people and that is why I got into this profession.
    ICU nurses in Texas get paid more than $22......just a thought....there are even sign on bonuses here for rural areas up to $10,000
  6. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Quote from nursemjb
    ICU nurses in Texas get paid more than $22......just a thought....there are even sign on bonuses here for rural areas up to $10,000
    I wonder if it is because I am a new grad. The hospital has offered me a sign on bonus of $1500. But I get half after working six months and the other half after a year. Which is fine because I don't plan on jumping from job to job. They even offered to reimburse my senior year of nursing school plus pay for the NCLEX, up to a total of $3000. I guess it is because I am a new graduate. Maybe after being there awhile they will give a nice raise, or not.

    Evelyn
  7. by   nursemjb
    Quote from Evelyn381
    I wonder if it is because I am a new grad. The hospital has offered me a sign on bonus of $1500. But I get half after working six months and the other half after a year. Which is fine because I don't plan on jumping from job to job. They even offered to reimburse my senior year of nursing school plus pay for the NCLEX, up to a total of $3000. I guess it is because I am a new graduate. Maybe after being there awhile they will give a nice raise, or not.

    Evelyn
    Take advantage of whatever you can. When I graduated in 1992 none of these bonuses or tuition reimbursements was available. You are very fortunate....:hatparty:
  8. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Quote from nursemjb
    Take advantage of whatever you can. When I graduated in 1992 none of these bonuses or tuition reimbursements was available. You are very fortunate....:hatparty:
    Definately! I have already accepted the position. I start in September. I am very excited about it because the hospital was ranked number 1 in the state of Maryland in this years consumer report magazine. Plus they are a high tech facility and I think that will be exciting in itself. Everything being computerized. There won't be a problem trying to read what the doctor wrote.
    Evelyn:chuckle
  9. by   deathnurse
    "You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation."

    You've nailed it, exactly. But there is NO correlation between income and need in the nursing "profession." There is price fixing and manipulation and paying only what the market requires.

    Nurses will take on more responsibility without higher compensation. You'll start out making around 20-25 an hour and RETIRE with maybe 5 bucks more over your LIFETIME.

    Get out while you've got your health. Don't make our mistakes.
  10. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from deathnurse
    "You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation."

    You've nailed it, exactly. But there is NO correlation between income and need in the nursing "profession." There is price fixing and manipulation and paying only what the market requires.

    Nurses will take on more responsibility without higher compensation. You'll start out making around 20-25 an hour and RETIRE with maybe 5 bucks more over your LIFETIME.

    Get out while you've got your health. Don't make our mistakes.
    Pay does not change in reference to shortage.

    Utah and Florida have major shortages but also some of the lousiest pay around.
  11. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Quote from deathnurse
    "You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation."

    You've nailed it, exactly. But there is NO correlation between income and need in the nursing "profession." There is price fixing and manipulation and paying only what the market requires.

    Nurses will take on more responsibility without higher compensation. You'll start out making around 20-25 an hour and RETIRE with maybe 5 bucks more over your LIFETIME.

    Get out while you've got your health. Don't make our mistakes.
    What exactly do you mean by, "Get out while you've got your health". It sounds to me as if you do not enjoy nursing at all. Did it wear you out over the years? If you knew what you know now, would you have changed your profession? I hear this a lot about nursing. Just curious on your reason for saying it. My goal is to become a CRNA and possibly a surgeon. I was pre-med for awhile and have a degree in biological sciences along with my nursing degree. From the Biological Sciences degree I have majority of my pre-reqs for medical school, but decided to get a degree in nursing just in case I could'nt get in medical school. I know I want to help people and truly my favorite thing is surgery. I love it, but I need a year of Critical care to get into the CRNA program, so that ruled out O.R. Although I work for a cosmetic surgery center right now. I have been there for three years and love it.
    I hope to continue working there two days a week and three days a week at the hospital in the ICU. WIll see how that works out.
  12. by   nursemjb
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Pay does not change in reference to shortage.

    Utah and Florida have major shortages but also some of the lousiest pay around.
    I don't know about Utah but I feel that Florida can pay a little less because of their ambiance and tourist attractions, etc. Unlike California, Florida isn't unionized and Florida doesn't have a state income tax. JMO
  13. by   nursemjb
    Quote from Evelyn381
    What exactly do you mean by, "Get out while you've got your health". It sounds to me as if you do not enjoy nursing at all. Did it wear you out over the years? If you knew what you know now, would you have changed your profession? I hear this a lot about nursing. Just curious on your reason for saying it. My goal is to become a CRNA and possibly a surgeon. I was pre-med for awhile and have a degree in biological sciences along with my nursing degree. From the Biological Sciences degree I have majority of my pre-reqs for medical school, but decided to get a degree in nursing just in case I could'nt get in medical school. I know I want to help people and truly my favorite thing is surgery. I love it, but I need a year of Critical care to get into the CRNA program, so that ruled out O.R. Although I work for a cosmetic surgery center right now. I have been there for three years and love it.
    I hope to continue working there two days a week and three days a week at the hospital in the ICU. WIll see how that works out.
    I don't know about the other nurses but at my age I just can't work in nursing 5 days a week, especially in the hospital. It is just physically stressful when there aren't enough aides to help turn patients who can weigh as much as 300 pounds. At the ripe old age of 48, my back isn't what it once was; although my love of nursing hasn't changed.
  14. by   nursemjb
    Quote from deathnurse
    "You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation."

    You've nailed it, exactly. But there is NO correlation between income and need in the nursing "profession." There is price fixing and manipulation and paying only what the market requires.

    Nurses will take on more responsibility without higher compensation. You'll start out making around 20-25 an hour and RETIRE with maybe 5 bucks more over your LIFETIME.

    Get out while you've got your health. Don't make our mistakes.
    I started working in the hospital in 1993 for 12.50 and hour + benefits. Recently I have worked for as much as 30.00 without benefits. I don't know how that stacks up against inflation.
    I really believe that more nurses would stay in nursing if there was more scheduling flexibility, child care, etc. Nurses want to be valued and quite frequently that goes by the wayside in order to procure profits ie. the dreaded bottom line. End of sermonette.....

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