I have been hearing for years about a nursing shortage in Ohio and across the country. One newspaper (USA Today, I believe) recently ran an article that said something to the effect of "there will never be an unemployed nurse".
I beg to differ. I know way too many LPN's who are new grads and having an extremely hard time getting a job!
The other day on Fox News, I was really surprised to see them use the term "RN shortage" instead of "nursing shortage" I think "RN Shortage" fits better.
I live in Sandusky and we have an oversaturation of LPNs. Currently, we have around 3-4 LPN schools
within a 40 miles radius. There are not enough LPN jobs in my area for the number of graduates. It took my husband's cousin seven months to find an LPN job and even then, she could only find part-time. Due to the economy, she was laid off within two months of getting the job. She is currently working in fast food.
I am moving towards the Lima area this late summer. I've talked to several DON's in that area and I am basically hearing the same thing---an oversaturation of LPN schools in that area.
I am curious as to what area members are from and is there an LPN oversaturation where you are at.
What do you think about the term "nursing shortage"?
Where in Ohio can an LPN get a job?
May 25, '10
It won't matter that you set yourself apart. I too thought, well there's a saturation, but I'm special and I'll be able to find a job.
Trust me, recruiters won't even take your call if you can't answer "yes" to the question "Do you have 1 year
of acute care experience practicing the nursing process?" Clinicals won't count, it has to be a job. A few months of work won't count either, as I worked as a med-passing aide, nearly the exact same job as a nurse, but getting paid $8/hr for 6 months.
I've sent over 200 resumes and applications in the Toledo, Sylvania, Perrysburg, Maumee, Holland, Detroit, and Monroe, MI areas including LTCs, Psych care, Physician offices, Acute Care, Urgent Care, And Rehab - and I have 2 state licenses, and no job. I had 1 interview for a PRN job - working 4 days out of the month, and that went to the experienced nurse. I've called places in the area I never knew existed and asked if they're hiring RNs and they say NO. They won't let me work as an STNA because of my license as an RN.
If you want loans and debt and no job, and then told you're overqualified to even find a part time job to keep your roof over your head, go into nursing. Unless you have enough money to move to another state, I don't advise nursing in this area with this many schools sending out new grads every few months. It's been the biggest mistake of my life, and embarrassing to tell family and friends I can't get employed when the media tells them there's a shortage.
Last edit by RNcpac on May 25, '10
Jun 18, '10
I've heard some people say just that - CLE is very saturated. On the other hand, I just had 6 high school classmates graduate from Kent, Otterbein, and Capital who have jobs waiting for them at UH and Cleveland Clinic as new grads. So what is going on?
Luckily, I still want to be a nurse so I'm still going to go to nursing school. My job (at a pharmacy) will keep me forever or until I find a nursing job and we also have infusion clinics I can work in as a RN to get experience if I need to.
I hope everyone with a true passion for nursing finds a great job soon!! I also hope this nursing shortage stuff stops so people who are going into nursing for the $$ and supposed job security stop so those of us with a passion for nursing can get jobs.
Best of luck to everyone still job huting.
Last edit by foreverLaur on Jun 18, '10