Is Nursing Still an Attractive Career Choice? - page 2

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At a time of grim prospects for Americans without a college degree, nursing can look like a rare chance not just for a job but a real career. Or at least it did.... Read More


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    What is new grad unemployment across degrees - is it 47% overall or 47% for new grad BSNs, new grad ADNs? I know it's not easy anywhere but I'm curious since they emphasize the new, higher barrier to entry.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Or how about this gem from the article:

    There are still jobs for LPNs, especially in the middle of the country, but the postings are mostly in nursing homes, doctor’s offices and long-term care facilities. Such jobs are less prestigious and lower paying than hospital jobs, and are less likely to offer opportunities for advancement

    Less prestigious? According to who?

    And last time I checked, I make way more than my fellow LPNs who work in the hospital. I believe the same goes for RNs, but I can't be sure.
    Maybe it's regional, but the nursing homes in my area are hellholes, and LTC experience only leads to LTC jobs and home health jobs, which pay even less. Hospitals want nurses with 3-5 years of acute care experience or a small handful of new grads.
    reeveslpn, anotherone, elprup, and 1 other like this.
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    To answer your question............ NO.
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    I am glad things are starting to be reported that are somewhat accurate for a change.
    Not_A_Hat_Person and jtmarcy12 like this.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Or how about this gem from the article:

    There are still jobs for LPNs, especially in the middle of the country, but the postings are mostly in nursing homes, doctor’s offices and long-term care facilities. Such jobs are less prestigious and lower paying than hospital jobs, and are less likely to offer opportunities for advancement

    Less prestigious? According to who?

    And last time I checked, I make way more than my fellow LPNs who work in the hospital. I believe the same goes for RNs, but I can't be sure.

    Did the author do any research? I agree with the "there's no nursing shortage" sentiment, obviously. But this is just lazy, hack writing.
    Look on the boards here - you have nursing students and new grads ALL THE TIME complaining about the paucity of hospital jobs, and admitting they don't want to "settle" for a SNF. To most nurses, they ARE looked upon as less prestigious.
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    I live in Canada, where a bachelors degree is a prerequisite to becoming an RN, and wonder if it is RNs having difficulties finding jobs or BSNs as-well?
    jtmarcy12 likes this.
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    Yes. BSN's also.
    anotherone, elprup, PMFB-RN, and 2 others like this.
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    With the way hospital are trying to get their nurses to manage patient care, I for one would not want to choose this profession. Some hospitals are cutting out CNA'S so the RN is managing all 5 patients (in CA) and even then that is difficult. The hospitals just don't seem to care anymore, even with patient errors, infections, and even death they still will not try and rectify this problem of the overwhelmed overworked nurse. I find this very disheartening!!!
    anotherone, VivaLasViejas, and elprup like this.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Well the WSJ comes very late to it's wisdom. I clearly remember reading silly, gushing, articels about the vast and looming "nursing shortage" in WSJ back in the mid to late 90's. It was low qualiety reporting and iresponsible journalism.
    Even in the linked to piece:

    " For example, vital signs measurement, once a common task for LPNs in hospitals, is increasingly being performed by RNs instead. Meanwhile less demanding tasks, such as blood-pressure measurement, are being assigned to medical and nursing assistants."

    Really?
    Someone needs to contact the writer of this piece and school him about LPNs/LVNs. In this and his other article on healthcare licensed practical or vocational nurses are continually referred to as "entry level" into nursing rather than the separate field they actually hold. Also allot of what same did or do in hospitals is off by a wide margin as well. Since when did only LPNs or LVNs take vitals?

    There are few to nil comments on this piece on the WSJ site. Would urge real a real nurse or two to respond if only for the sake of providing some sort of balance from those in the trenches.
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    ***.
    Even in the linked to piece:

    " For example, vital signs measurement, once a common task for LPNs in hospitals, is increasingly being performed by RNs instead. Meanwhile less demanding tasks, such as blood-pressure measurement, are being assigned to medical and nursing assistants."

    Really?
    Does this writer even know what vital signs are? How is takng bp "less demanding" than taking temperature?


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