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Nursing crisis looms as baby boomers age - page 8

America could be facing a nursing shortage that will worsen exponentially as the population grows older. The problem: Baby boomers are getting older and will require more care than ever, taxing an... Read More

  1. Visit  dowhatyoulove profile page
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    When I started RN school hospitals were offering sign-on bonuses for any warm body with a license. Now that I've graduated, I can't even get an interview. I have filed about 150 applications since September and get kicked to the curb so fast it makes my head spin. I have had my resume reviewed twice to make sure that's not the problem. This was to be a second career for me. Many places are only hiring nurses with a BSN. I'd rather be pulling my hair out WITH a job than without one.
  2. Visit  lou12 profile page
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    I have heard about the nursing shortage for many years. I have read about the number of new grads unable to find jobs. I would like to add that I have recently moved to a new state and have had a difficult time finding a job. I think hospitals not only don't want to spend money training new grads, they also don't want to pay an experienced RN either. So this limits the number of nurses who 'fit' their profile to fill these jobs.
  3. Visit  momandstudent profile page
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    Quote from dowhatyoulove
    When I started RN school hospitals were offering sign-on bonuses for any warm body with a license. Now that I've graduated, I can't even get an interview. I have filed about 150 applications since September and get kicked to the curb so fast it makes my head spin. I have had my resume reviewed twice to make sure that's not the problem. This was to be a second career for me. Many places are only hiring nurses with a BSN. I'd rather be pulling my hair out WITH a job than without one.

    I also started nursing school at this time when hospitals were offering sign-on bonuses and tuition reimbursement. Now I am scared to death that I took 4 years away from being with my family and may not have a better income to show for THEIR sacrifices. Also, I remember the VERY first day of our nursing program...sophomore year, Older Adult class. The instructor told us over and over how we "will be able to graduate and pick your hours and your specialty." Then she becomes Dean of the Nursing Program and holds 2 open houses within 3 months of each other to recruit new students (this was done last year and who knows how many she'll hold this spring). Now she is telling us, "Revamp your resumes. Take a few classes (ACLS and such) AND take whatever you can get." I cannot even begin to tell you how scared I am. I will graduate with a BSN, minor in healthcare administration, and Sigma Theta honors. I worked my @$$ off to get through the last 4 years to make myself marketable and I know very well that I may be making cold sandwiches at the local gas station to make ends meet. Maybe if I'm lucky, I can get hired at the local hotel for housekeeping...At least I'll be able to initial the rooms I have done as RU, BSN (unemployed).
  4. Visit  lee1 profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    I've been hearing new reports on Buerhaus' study for years now -- it's the same study and figures, and it keeps get recycled over and over again. They ought to do some interviews (and head counts) of all the licensed new grads who can't find jobs, instead of repeatedly interviewing people who have something to gain from promoting the idea of a nursing "shortage."
    What about the areas where there are TOO many nurses available BUT still they also have many foreign nurses? Don't you think that needs to be addressed especially if these foreign nurses have NOT become American Citizens. Maybe the limits on their visas should be looked at !!! In my area, this is why the new grads CANNOT find hospital jobs !!!!
  5. Visit  Ginger's Mom profile page
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    Quote from lee1
    What about the areas where there are TOO many nurses available BUT still they also have many foreign nurses? Don't you think that needs to be addressed especially if these foreign nurses have NOT become American Citizens. Maybe the limits on their visas should be looked at !!! In my area, this is why the new grads CANNOT find hospital jobs !!!!
    There is a long wait for foreign nurses to immigrate. There was a bill that failed in Congress this year allowing more foreign nurses to enter the country but that failed.
  6. Visit  CeilingCat profile page
    #70 1
    If there's such a shortage, why are so many nurses having trouble finding work? Why are hospitals in my region having either a total hiring freeze on nurses or just allowing a trickle of minimal replacements come in? I'd like to blame the economy, but from doing Clinicals & volunteer work, everywhere I go seems so shorthanded for the number of patients. I can't say there are too many nurses in the area because there are only a few smaller Nursing programs, and most of them have waiting lists and very picky admissions. So if there is a shortage, is it some other part of the country?
  7. Visit  catjmoses RN profile page
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    ps: i did send cnn a little note about this thread. maybe they can get their facts straight ---from the horses' mouths'!
  8. Visit  momology profile page
    #72 1
    The recruiters who specialize in going overseas and providing low cost foreign nurses are well organized to lobby Congress. They take advantage of these people and it undercuts our wages as well. Not to mention that they are creating a real nursing shortage in the countries they siphon from. My guess is the person in the article from the consulting firm is involved in that business. I know a good deal about them as a cousin of mine does this. It's all about the benjamins. We need to be organized too. We should write our senators, house of representatives, governors, etc and let them know our experiences. Perhaps we should form a task force and collect a huge stack of resumes of new grads with a personal story of the sacrifices made to go to nursing school and also the experienced nurses having difficulty too and present them to our legislators.
  9. Visit  hope3456 profile page
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    Quote from lee1
    What about the areas where there are TOO many nurses available BUT still they also have many foreign nurses? Don't you think that needs to be addressed especially if these foreign nurses have NOT become American Citizens. Maybe the limits on their visas should be looked at !!! In my area, this is why the new grads CANNOT find hospital jobs !!!!
    VERY GOOD POINT!!!! When I graduated nsg school I applied at a hospital in a neighboring town that wouldn't give me the time of day......but a RN who worked there told me not long after I graduated that they hired 10 RN's from South Africa! Experience being the key word.

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