RI to use student loans to encourage nursing

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    http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-2...ns-ocean-state

    Hmmm. This is nice and all, but makes me wonder if they are really addressing the "not hiring new grads" problem that leads to them leaking out of the state.

    Rhode Island will offer nursing students zero interest student loans if they agree to work in the state after graduation.

    Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) plans to announce the new initiative Tuesday. It’s designed to address a projected shortage of nurses in the Ocean State.

    To qualify, nursing students would have to agree to work at a hospital or other health care facility in the state. In exchange, the students would not have to pay interest on the loans for four years after they graduate.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Jul 25, '11 : Reason: added website link
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    From the article:
    A 2009 study by the state Senate estimated that the state will need 6,500 additional nurses by the year 2020 to keep up with aging baby boomers.
    There's probably a shortage of experienced nurses in the state with a surplus of too many inexperienced newly graduated nurses. These zero-interest student loans will likely lead to overproduction of the very new grads that many employers are not hiring.

    Bad things happen when politicians use simple solutions to address complex problems.
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    What if they can't find a job in Rhode Island after graduation?
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    More money for the myriad of nursing school programs in the state and cheap easily abused new grads for hospitals. If the hospitals will even hire them.
    graykitty, cherryames1949, Fixit, and 10 others like this.
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    Quote from againmlg
    More money for the myriad of nursing school programs in the state and cheap easily abused new grads for hospitals. If the hospitals will even hire them.
    It would be better for all if they shut the schools down for a few years to allow the glut of nurses to clear up a bit. If nurses actually WERE in demand perhaps the health care system would begin to treat them (us) with the respect they deserve. I can't say it enough...better working conditions and ratios will guarantee an ample supply of quality nurses for yrs to come.
    JeanettePNP, cogath, graykitty, and 8 others like this.
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    It's a nice thought....but I know the RI governor and there's a serious catch somewhere....has to be


    The entire state is a disaster right now, and exactly what everyone else has said; what if no hospitals hire them? It's not really addressing the issue correctly.
    melissaplexy and lindarn like this.
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    The problem is RI is a small state. People stay there until they die and there are only so many jobs to go around. I was lucky when I graduated that there were still jobs to be had- if I were a new grad in 2011, I'd leave RI and look for a nursing job elsewhere.

    It's very much a geriatric driven state and this includes the working population.
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    The train of thoughts as I read this went like:

    "Thats nice of them. Good for the students trying to make it in RI."

    "Wish that was available when I was taking nursing."

    "Yeah, why wasn't it?"

    "I had a job right out of school, so I shouldn't complain."

    "You know what, come to think of it.........there were a lot of jobs when I graduated."

    "Even with so many positions unfilled, they didn't go this far to try to convince people to go into the field."

    "And now, it's hard for NGs to find work."

    "Hmmmm...........when there were openings they didn't try to help, now that there are not as many jobs, they offer more assistance to nursing students."

    "Hidden agenda."
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    It would be better for all if they shut the schools down for a few years to allow the glut of nurses to clear up a bit.
    That would be like closing down a hospital for a few years and then starting it up again. No one really saw the recession coming (which I believe to be the root of the problem because 1 in 4 nurses working right now are only staying on the job because they can't retire or find another line of work they rather do.)

    It will all turn around again. I graduated from school when jobs were hard to find, then not enough people went to nursing school and then we had a huge shortage. In our state, new jobs are not too terribly hard to find. Last year our 100% of our graduates found jobs within 6 months of graduation. I think it is a regional thing as well.
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    Quote from msn10
    That would be like closing down a hospital for a few years and then starting it up again. No one really saw the recession coming (which I believe to be the root of the problem because 1 in 4 nurses working right now are only staying on the job because they can't retire or find another line of work they rather do.)

    It will all turn around again. I graduated from school when jobs were hard to find, then not enough people went to nursing school and then we had a huge shortage. In our state, new jobs are not too terribly hard to find. Last year our 100% of our graduates found jobs within 6 months of graduation. I think it is a regional thing as well.
    As a nursing school instructor your bias might be pro nursing school and pro hospital. I DO NOT believe it will turn around nor do I believe in the ARTIFICAL shortages media, nursing schools and hospitals have been pushing on us for years. Enough already.
    cogath, lindarn, Fixit, and 4 others like this.


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