Nursing Industry Desperate To Find New Hires

  1. 3 I found this article and thought you might find it interesting.

    Please, please accept a high-paying job with us. In fact, just swing by for an interview and we'll give you a chance to win cash and prizes. Sounds too good to be true, especially in an economy riddled with job cuts in nearly every industry. But applicants for nursing jobs are still so scarce that recruiters have been forced to get increasingly inventive.

    One Michigan company literally rolled out a red carpet at a recent hiring event. Residential Home Health, which provides in-home nursing for seniors on Medicare, lavished registered nurses and other health care workers with free champagne and a trivia contest hosted by game-show veteran Chuck Woolery. Prizes included a one-year lease for a 2009 SUV, hotel stays and dinners.
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    Last edit by brian on Jan 6, '09
  2. Visit  Bugaloo profile page

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    Bugaloo has '17' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, HH, Tele, Geriatrics, Psych'. Joined Jun '07; Posts: 172; Likes: 745.

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  3. Visit  VICEDRN profile page
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    Considering that I am about to start my second semester and that I am basically retraining from another field, this is very encouraging. I was a little worried about a job shortage in nursing as well.
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  4. Visit  redshott profile page
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    thanks for the article! i agree with the "lacking" parts...i've been trying to get into nursing school for over a year and a half!
  5. Visit  Ginger's Mom profile page
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    Did you read the whole article, they are looking for experienced nurses. Very deceiving, go to the Wisc site here and see that it isn't a piece of cake for a new RN a position.
  6. Visit  VICEDRN profile page
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    Quote from Alexk49
    Did you read the whole article, they are looking for experienced nurses. Very deceiving, go to the Wisc site here and see that it isn't a piece of cake for a new RN a position.
    Yeah...I noticed that but its still inspiring since I am always getting a day closer. Besides, in the South, we can still get jobs in ICU and the ER...
    lindarn likes this.
  7. Visit  amjowens profile page
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    Somehow, if all these positions require experience, there are many openings, yet many new grad nurses, there must be a way to fill this gap.??? I mean, could there be a "residency-type" training for new grads who are willing? In nursing school, we were drilled on the value of flexibility and critical-thinking as assets for nurses, so here we are...

    BTW, in my region, many hospitals have a hiring freeze. Also, here in OH, on the BON site, there's a highlighted notice that due to the large numbers of applicants, there is a long back-up, and not to call the BON. I can see where this is going.
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  8. Visit  MAISY, RN-ER profile page
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    I hate newspaper articles like this, California nurses make alot of money....BUT.....it costs alot to live there. Likewise in other parts of the country. It gives the general public that we are making a ton of money and IT JUST ISN'T SO!

    They are specific when they say they are looking for experienced nurses. I am currently working with a few nurses with a couple of years ER experience under their belts and they cannot find travel contracts because the agencies want "experienced travelers". Two years ago they were hiring new grads without experience. Regardless of what people are saying the economy is nowhere near where it was for nurses or anybody!
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  9. Visit  Sterren profile page
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    This article seems to be more about self-inflicted shortages than an actual shortage. In many parts of the country there is actually a nursing surplus - of new grads, who either can't find work or don't want the few positions available to them. It takes just a simple trip over to the student forum to see that new grads are not all finding job offer after attractive, high-paying job offer. And in my (admittedly very limited) experience it seems that experienced nurses are either pleased enough with their current positions that they're not really job-hunting in large numbers, or are fed up enough with the entire nursing industry that they're not really job-hunting in large numbers.

    Refusing to hire the nurses that need jobs and then complaining about a nursing shortage, doesn't really add up to me. Maybe they should take the money they spent on those gift cards and dedicate it to extra support for new grads in those hard-to-staff areas such as ICU or ER, instead.
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  10. Visit  Andrew, RN profile page
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    This article is very misleading. It doesn't say that in order to make $100,000+ a year as an RN, you usually have to have some sort of "advanced practice" with a masters or higher. How many staff RNs do you know making 100k+ per year?

    It isn't about the money, but it would be nice if they finally paid us more =)
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  11. Visit  Ausculapius profile page
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    Quote from rn2tobeatlanta
    Considering that I am about to start my second semester and that I am basically retraining from another field, this is very encouraging. I was a little worried about a job shortage in nursing as well.
    It all depends on your area. Articles like this can be deceiving. My area(virginia) is not a good place to be right now for new grad nurses.
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  12. Visit  WDWpixieRN profile page
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    Quote from Sterren
    Maybe they should take the money they spent on those gift cards and dedicate it to extra support for new grads in those hard-to-staff areas such as ICU or ER, instead.
    I don't think it's quite that simple......the problem is that many new grads WANT the jobs in the ICU or ER or other specialty areas, but unless a facility is equipped to train those folks, they just can not fill their staffing needs solely with new grads. They need a proportionate number of experienced (and willing-to-train) nurses to work with the new grads.

    As to med/surg positions, I know where we are those are plentiful. But seriously, what's the percentage of new grads who want to work on a med/surg floor? Or ortho or neuro?
  13. Visit  llg profile page
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    Many people see long, expensive new grad residency programs as the answer to the problem. However, it is more complicated than simply providing those types of programs. It is not financially viable to offer those programs to new grads who will leave in only a year or so. Hospitals cannot keep throwing money at those new grads (with such programs) without some reason to believe those nurses will stay in those positions long enough to justify the large investment.

    Just read many of the posts here on allnurses -- from the large number of nursing students and new grads who enter their first hospital job with NO INTENTION of working in that job for more that a year, maybe 2 at the most. As long as hospitals "get burned" by such nurses, they will hesitate to invest big bucks in deluxe residency programs.

    That's not saying that new grads should not be hired or that they should not receive a good orientation and a few special things to help them with their role transition. I'm just saying that those things come at a cost and that cost needs to be considered when looking at the situation. I think we are going to have to think about the situation quite creatively and make some changes in the general culture and expectations of nursing and new grads vs experience if we are going to successfully address this problem.
  14. Visit  bronzemint23 profile page
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    hi all, i have a bachelor's in marketing and i am considering going back to school to do nursing instead. the article and comments were interesting. i'm really looking for some peer guidance in my decision making process of going back to school. as some of you stated hospitals are hesitant to higher new grads in icu/er, however what units tend to be hiring more new grads? i'm from michigan, if anyone is from the midwest, what is the employment outlook like in this area? also if anyone is taking or has taken an accelerated second-degree nursing program i would really like to hear about your experiences in school and after.

    i would really like to open up some dialogue and would appreciate all your help.

    thanks!


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