this is as old as the profession itself. search the site and weigh what you read. this subject has been discussed many, many times. http://allnurses.com/search.php?searchid=998125
the market is very tight. there is no nursing shortage. the jobs maybe posted but there are hiring freezes due to the economy. nurses have returned to the workforce because their s.o. is unemployed and nurses who planned to retire cannot because we lost our butts in 401k when everything crashed. there are nursing schools churning out grads at an alarming rate to take advantage of the economy and the flocking of society to the "recession proof" healthcare field...with no positions to fulfill. there are hospitals that offer "internships" or "residencies" that you pay them to train you available but they are few and far between and don't guarantee employment. right now it just stinks out there
hospitals are "short staffed" but they want it that way......due to budget cits and hospitals are still laying off.
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the big lie?
without a doubt, the main source of frustration experienced by recently graduated and licensed but still unemployed nurses is what could be called "the big lie."in other words, the television commercials that encourage young people to become nurses -- and then abandon them for months (or years) without employment; and the educators who tell them that the associate's degree is perfectly adequate to guarantee employment, that they will have their pick of jobs when they graduate, and that there is plenty of time to get a bsn later on. who knows whether it is greed, ignorance, or wishful thinking that underlies the fairy tales told to nursing students about their future job prospects? whatever the motivation, the disillusionment of our new grads is palpable. the jobs they expected after all of their hard work just haven't materialized, and some grads are getting pretty desperate.
adn, bsn depends on location, location, location. i will say that when there is a plethora of nurse you need to make yourself the best in the sea of new grads. i think that if you are young and just starting out you should think bsn eventually as it will be something you will need. but right now the market is tight for most new grads. this too shall pass....eventually. i wish you luck:heartbeat