The recession has finally caught up to nursing, the so-called "recession-proof" job.
But experts say the demand for nurses won't be slowed for long.
Evidence of the now-lagging nursing job market is anecdotal and inconsistent; no definitive figures exist. But Betty Sue McGarvey, president of the Baptist College of Health Science, doesn't need a thermometer to know it's cold outside.
Most of her nursing students used to have job offers even before they graduated. Finding employment now can be a process that takes months, she said.
"It's a rewarding career and one that has stability as far as employment goes," McGarvey said. "We encourage our students and tell them the stability is still there, but it may take you longer to find that first position you want."
The job-market cool-down follows a frenzied surge in 2007-2008 in which hospitals alone added an estimated 243,000 nurses, according to researchers from Vanderbilt University, the Congressional Budget Office and Dartmouth College. The spike was the largest two-year increase in nursing jobs over the prior 30 years.
Experts say the current slowdown won't be a long-term, prevailing trend.
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