Nursing Industry Desperate To Find New Hires

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    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
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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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    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!
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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.
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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.
    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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