Nursing skills in demand despite recession

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    Layoffs, business closings and dismal financial forecasts dominate the news. Many once-strong economic sectors are in critical condition, yet the prognosis for the nursing job market is not only healthy, it’s bright.

    Nurses have skills and training that are in demand today and will be needed in the future, Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said.

    “Projections say that health care will continue to grow, primarily because of demographics,” Thurmond said. “We’re all getting older, living longer and [we are] going to need more health care services, and that’s good security for health care workers.”

    Health care topped the list of growth industries nationally in 2008, adding 355,700 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses make up the majority of that work force.

    “Nursing is one of the most secure professions out there, and one that offers so many opportunities,” said Anjalie Graham, a nursing student at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.

    Source: http://www.ajc.com/services/content/...er_future.html
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    Quote from brian
    “Nursing is one of the most secure professions out there, and one that offers so many opportunities,” said Anjalie Graham, a nursing student at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.

    Source: http://www.ajc.com/services/content/...er_future.html
    Of course. A nursing student knows all about these things. :icon_roll
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    The long term outlook for nurses got to be good , do you know how many millions of baby boomers there are getting into their 60s? That does not change the fact that the labor market is tight right now. Chances are that anyone just entering nursing school this year will come out into much better job prospects in four years. However, people graduating right now and perhaps for the next year or two may continue to have some problems. I have no stats to justify what I am saying, it is just living and working in the health care business for many years that taught me to be a good guesser. I was one of the few people that predicted another tight job market a year or two ago. People treated me like a mad woman at the time. Well I am making another prediction and that this thing(tight job market) will start to turn maybe as soon as six months, I certainly don't feel it will go longer than two to three years. Just a guess from a person who has made some pretty good educated guesses in the past.
    Last edit by oramar on May 4, '09
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    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Of course. A nursing student knows all about these things. :icon_roll

    The way the job market keeps shifting around, rising and falling demand for this or that, and our economy the way it is right now, nursing students are required to know all about these things. The days of one career or one workplace, and then you retire, ended long ago. Education takes too much time and costs too much to make a wrong choice.
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    "I have no stats to justify what I am saying, it is just living and working in the health care business for many years that taught me to be a good guesser. I was one of the few people that predicted another tight job market a year or two ago. People treated me like a mad woman at the time. Well I am making another prediction and that this thing(tight job market) will turn maybe as soon as six months, I certainly don't feel it will go longer than two to three. Just a guess from a person who has made some pretty good guesses in the past."

    I wouldn't call your predictions "guesses". It's knowledge, based on actual real-world observations and experiences. Coupled together, I'm certain, with similar observations and experiences others have shared with you. Many people write this sort of knowledge off, saying it's merely anecdotal, but I don't.
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    Quote from PCstudent2009
    The way the job market keeps shifting around, rising and falling demand for this or that, and our economy the way it is right now, nursing students are required to know all about these things. The days of one career or one workplace, and then you retire, ended long ago. Education takes too much time and costs too much to make a wrong choice.
    I wish I hadnt wasted $22,000 on studying hospitality management and I didnt even finish! Im 1000% I want to do nursing though. Hospitality/Tourism is a waste of a degree.
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    Should CNA's be allowed to pass MEDS?

    I don't think so. They only learn to pop the pills and check the dosage and ID of the resident/pt. They don't learn about interactions and important side-effects.

    I can't believe the states are allowing this. It's actually helping out the greedy American corporations who are taking advantage of the nurse assistant by adding more workload to all her/his duties for the same amount of pay, instead of hiring more LPN's who get paid much more for passing meds.

    Aha, that's why the LPN's are being phased out, it's more cost-effective. Thumbs down to the few CNA's who don't mind passing meds, because you are being taking advantage of and your residents are not getting the care they deserve. I am a college student and I did this for a month before I went back to my sales job this year, and let me tell you, I never felt comfortable with knowing that all those lives were in my hands, and if I made one error, it could kill someone. I sent a letter of resignation to the pathetic corporation I worked for, and I'm preparing to send a formal letter to the state with my concerns as well.
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    Quote from brian
    Layoffs, business closings and dismal financial forecasts dominate the news. Many once-strong economic sectors are in critical condition, yet the prognosis for the nursing job market is not only healthy, it’s bright.

    Nurses have skills and training that are in demand today and will be needed in the future, Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said.

    “Projections say that health care will continue to grow, primarily because of demographics,” Thurmond said. “We’re all getting older, living longer and [we are] going to need more health care services, and that’s good security for health care workers.”

    Health care topped the list of growth industries nationally in 2008, adding 355,700 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses make up the majority of that work force.

    “Nursing is one of the most secure professions out there, and one that offers so many opportunities,” said Anjalie Graham, a nursing student at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.

    Source: http://www.ajc.com/services/content/...er_future.html
    I hope you are right, Brian. From your mouth to God's ears.

    I also hope that people aren't entering Nursing just to have a job. That would be bad for them, for the patients, for their coworkers, for the profession.

    "Happy days are here again..." Tom Joad
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    There may still be quite a demand for experienced nurses (those with >1-2 years experience), but the new grad job market is pretty tight right now.
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    Quote from edogs334
    There may still be quite a demand for experienced nurses (those with >1-2 years experience), but the new grad job market is pretty tight right now.
    Yup! As a new grad, it's difficult to get a job so as to acquire the >1-2 years nursing experience.
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