Ditto to everything above, the "Nursing Shortage" is a big lie promulgated by nursing school who release false or misleading studies on a future short fall in nurses. Anybody can predict something in the future and by the time the future comes, everybody forgets about the prediction that was wrong. Why? Well of course, they have a new study stating the same prediction. The result is, seats are filled and tuition is paid- professors get tenure.
The abundance of nurses also plays in to the hands of the hospital who want to drive nurse's pay down. Five years ago, some nurses were getting $5,000 sign-on bonuses, now those same nurses are lucky to get job with an increased patient load. Gee, I bet your professors never mention that when they filled your head with mush about making a difference like Nurse Nightingale
. Nor did they mention the long hours on end standing on your feet, working nights, weekends, holidays as a matter of routine
-hoping that 50 year old nurse on day shift who has 20 years seniority will die
, working with disease and associate putrid smells and all sort of body fluids
, patients and their visitors who think you are a waitress at a pop stand
and having to deal with death........................Why didn't I become a teacher, at least they get to retire after 30 years.
I am sorry that I can't offer the OP any advice other than what has been already stated
- even that will not guarantee a job. Hopefully, those in school that are thinking about nursing- take heed of these posts about no jobs at this state forum and others before you make a commitment to a vocation where there are more graduates than openings. We have been posting about this for three years and nursing schools are still pumping out more nurse with no end in sight and stagnant wages