The media seems to be catching on...
When Katharine Barron enrolled in Boston College's school of nursing in 2005, everyone - family, friends, college officials - assured her hospitals would be "banging down her door" with job offers.
Because nurses were in such high demand, they said, Barron's degree was going to be like a guaranteed paycheck. Or so she thought.
Turns out Barron will be lucky to land work in Boston after she graduates later this year. The 22-year-old Newton native will be saddled with more than $100,000 in student loans and anticipates moving back to her parents' home."I really hope I can get a job," she said during a break from class Thursday. "It's frustrating. And it's scary to think about the future."
Because of the recession, nursing jobs are scarce for the first time in years. In Massachusetts, vacancy rates on nursing staffs have fallen to 4 percent this year, down from 5 percent in 2007, and 10 percent in 2002, when there were the most openings, according to the Massachusetts Hospital Association. As a result, many nursing students on the cusp of graduation are scrambling to find employment.
I would like to know where all those new grad home health care jobs are. Around here, the home health care agencies want at least 1 year experience.
Apr 20, '09
Good grief, a 100,000 in student loans!!! How could anyone think that kind of debt is a good idea for a career that pays about $60,000 a year? Isn't there some cheaper way she could have done it? These kids ought to get a class action law suit against the school that talked them into doing this. It is almost like these universities have developed a new kind of human bondage. How can anyone possibly have a life with that kind of debt?
Last edit by oramar on Apr 20, '09
Apr 20, '09
Everytime I read something like this I remind myself how lucky I am to have got a job 4 months out of nursing school. True, it is on nights and I am scared I won't hack the hours - but it is a job nonetheless. And I just received an email saying my student loans are coming due in July (considerable debt - I had to go to private university because jc's were filled and on a lottery system, and at my age, waiting 2 years to get into a 2 year ADN program without getting in made my 4 year BSN add up to the 7 longest years [with pre-reqs] of my life!)
What I found the worst part of being unable to find work was the constant explaining to people (many of them seasoned nurses) that yes, there are some jobs, but no they will not hire new grads. I have heard it all -"You are not being proactive enough" (as if barging into a busy med/surg floor to try and make a "good impression" with a cold call to someone you already know isn't hiring makes any kind of sense whatsoever); being told to "think out of the box" (presumably, the lack of jobs is directly tied to my faulty linear thinking process); the endless advice to "Go into home health" (when these organizations require a nurse to act independently and are the LAST to take a chance on a new grad); and also to "Just go where the jobs are" (they usually say that they heard there are jobs in [fill in the blank] and why don't I just pick up and leave friends/family and trot off to a place where I will have no support system whatsoever to start a challenging new career - yeah, that's a recipe for success!)
Obviously, I feel for those of us who went into nursing on the cusp of a depression. We are facing challenges that others who were sucked right out of nursing school before their final exams never faced. All I kept telling myself was to have faith in whatever you conceive your Higher Power to be - "this too shall pass"...and we have the rest of our lives to practice our profession.
Good luck to each and every one of you out there going through this!
Last edit by nminodob on Apr 20, '09
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