Out-of-work Nurses Hoping For Increased Demand

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    By Shellie Branco, Valley Public Radio Correspondent

    Three months ago, Stefania Tutino-Eslow graduated from the registered nursing program at Fresno City College, and she’s still looking for a job. She says out of about 130 graduates, only a handful found nursing positions.

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    Then why is there a bill in CA to tackle the nursing shortage?
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    The problem with the old "when the economy improves" argument is that it presumes that there will be an improved economy. There is, however, ample evidence that the economy will not improve in the foreseeable future. Japan's been dealing with their bubble for more than two decades now.

    Most nurses that I talk to say that they're planning to work until they literally cannot do it anymore... and I know several nurses still going strong in their 70's.

    As we continue to accelerate the number of new grads, the problem is only going to intensify. And just as hiring difficulties lead to substantial wage/benefit improvement over the last decade, the dramatic surplus will have precisely the opposite effect.
    whodatnurse, SummitRN, tokidoki7, and 3 others like this.
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    I am having a hard time finding another job. I am employed as a float nurse and have been called off for 3 weeks now due to budget cuts and low patient census.
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    I injured myself (at home) and had to rotator cuff repair. I was not released to return to work until 12 days after my FMLA expired. I was terminated. That was in April. I have applied for every nursing job posted within 100 miles and even some out of state jobs. NOTHING! No one wants an older nurse who now has to put 'terminated after medical leave' on her resume.
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    You are right. I resigned from my job two months ago and have found nothing yet. I have applications everywhere. I have been a nurse for 32 years with experience in psych, emergency, med surg and management and I was told by one hospital, without benefit of an interview, that I was not qualified for anything. I have never had trouble finding a job. I have one friend here in the Seattle area who has been out of work for 2 years. My sister in law, who is a neonatal NP here at Swedish Hospital said they had 120 applicants for two positions in the newborn nursery. I thought I would work until I was 70 (I am 55 now) but I tell you that I have been away from the hospital now for two months and the thought of walking back into a hospital makes me have a panic attack. I am looking for jobs outside the health care field and although they pay a lot less, I might be happier.
    VU RN BSN, imintrouble, and 86toronado like this.
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    Everyone in the nursing associations are saying when the economy turns around this is only temporary. Problem being the economist do not expect unemployment to recover for another 3 years. 3 more years of nursing programs cranking out nursing with less jobs available equals many unemployed nurse graduates. You can't even find a CNA position.... Remember do not lose hope there is a nursing shortage expected in 2025
    TickyRN, Gingilly, VU RN BSN, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from PACNWNURSING
    Problem being the economist do not expect unemployment to recover for another 3 years.
    And even that, I'm afraid, may be optimistic. One problem that we face is that we went through some 15-20 years of abnormally high growth driven, primarily, by the explosion of technology (computer, electronic, biotech, etc). While there are still burgeoning areas of growth, the growth now is more likely to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. We also must recognize that a substantial amount of the growth was driven solely by debt at all levels. That, too, was and is unsustainable.

    I'm an economic pessimist to be sure but I think we're looking at generational stagnation and destructive deflationary forces.

    3 more years of nursing programs cranking out nursing with less jobs available equals many unemployed nurse graduates.
    All the while, the media, the colleges, and many nurses (even here on AN) continue to spout the "shortage" baloney and create more and more seats in RN programs filled by desperate people looking for... something.

    To paraphrase Rod Tidwell: "Show me the shortage!"
    aflanagan9, VU RN BSN, MsbossyRN, and 3 others like this.
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    I hear you. I have 24 years experience, all in peds, NICU. I had accepted a job with my current employer with no weekends, made them put it in writing, with signatures. Now after, many years, they say, that they don't have "contracts" anymore, never did, so they are admonishing the no weekend, evening part of contract. I have it in writing by all of HR, Clinical Manager, etc. So, I sometimes feel its my age and/or experience. I have always had good reviews, excellent, in fact. I sometimes believe that our <30 year old manager, feels threatened by our experience. But, anyway, I didn't plan on retiring this early, but am on my way. I really love the staff I work with, but am so tired of the political "stuff". Am also hoping to do some fun jobs, wellness clinics, etc. ( I love the enthusiasm of the younger nurses, as I once was)
    cherryames1949 and Redhead28 like this.
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    I think we all know that there is a hidden agenda and it's called age discrimination. Employers are very good at hiding this. Out with the seasoned, experienced staff and in with the new because it's cheaper.

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