This is totally unprecedented, unheard off in this part of the country. I never believed that we would get to this point but this hits home. Nurses will be laid off at the nationally ranked St Louis Children's Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and the Washington University's School of Medicine's Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Similar cuts are being made in other states the article says. We are in a totally new game now folks. There are more of us nurses than hospital jobs, and henceforth they have the upper hand in hiring and dictating working conditions. Expect lower pay and more misery because for the first time in a long, long time, the shortage now is of jobs and not nurses!
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I'm about to start my 2-year nursing program in the Fall... how bad is it out there? I'm quite scared and online searching gives me such mixed results, I'd really appreciate your non-sugar coated views. Thank you!
You should not be scared, nor should news such as the one posted discourage you from pursuing nursing, if your heart is into it. Compared to other professions, nursing still offers good employment prospects. But the game has changed! No longer hospitals compete for you; now you have to hustle for the job. No more signing/referral bonuses, student loan repayment - on the way out, frozen wages yes, higher patient/nurse ratios absolutely, phasing out/reduction of retirement benefits for sure, easily replacing you if you don't perform to their expectations? not a problem, there are a dozen qualified RNs waiting at the door. If you love nursing, you will still find fulfillment in the job, but if you are getting in it for the money, benefits and job security... all of that is gone now.
Last edit by RCBR on Jun 17, '13