Job market- ADN students being warned? - page 3

by hope3456

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Ok so I oriented a 4th semester nursing student from the local community college last week and this was for her "trends" class. I work in a state facility for DD population. We got to talking and she of course wants to work in... Read More


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    HA! Nursing positions in the rural areas are hard to come by!! I think schools need to d a better job of letting their students know that this is more to nursing than hospital nursing!! Schools, clinics, dialysis, home health, insurance companies, skilled nursing facilities, prisons, oral surgery offices, public clinics---SO many opportunities!!
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    In 1996, during the orientation before entering the nursing program, we were told that there wouldn't be hospital jobs when we graduated and we should plan on working in the community. Some of the orientees decided not to go into nursing because of this. This information always stuck with me even though it really wasn't true until recently. I appreciated that instructor telling us that and took it to heart. I've been in home care for 10 yrs.
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    Good day:

    Then there's "Study: More BSN nurses means lower mortality rates" Study: More BSN nurses means lower mortality rates | National Nursing News which has me thinking that if I get accepted into the AD program should I just continue on for the BSN.

    Thank you.
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    I don't think it is the schools responsibilty to tell students what the job market is like. Yes, it is nice for students to have a general idea of the job market for new grads (ADN or BSN) however, students should be proactive and do research. I also agree that it is hard to predict the job market years down the line.
    My advice to students is that pickings of specialties may be slim however, it is nothing wrong with trying and selling yourself. I'm so glad I didn't listen to those who said " you are a new grad ADN, you may have trouble getting a job". Not only did I get a job as a new grad ADN, but I also got into CVICU! Its been a year since then and I still get offers for ICU,ED, and I just recently accepted a position in Mother/Baby.
    In your case, I would have advised the student to go after ER positions as well as other positions that may lead her to the ER job. I think people should go after what they are passionate about or they will be miserable or they may find a new passion where they are.
    Just my humble opinion.
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    HA! Nursing positions in the rural areas are hard to come by!! I think schools need to d a better job of letting their students know that this is more to nursing than hospital nursing!! Schools, clinics, dialysis, home health, insurance companies, skilled nursing facilities, prisons, oral surgery offices, public clinics---SO many opportunities!!

    The instructors advised the students that there WERE more jobs in the rural areas....yes there are jobs here but not as lucrative as working in the big city hospitals
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    I'm in my last semester of nursing school at a community college and they have been pretty darn open about the possible difficulties that may present. First semester the comment I remember was that "I'd imagine the economy will turn around by the time you get out" and now in fourth semester I've heard "New grad programs are opening... BUT.. you need a 3.0 and there are a lot of applicants. Get a good portfolio together and really make yourself seen out there... volunteer if you need" - so... pretty straight up job if you ask me.
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    [QUOTE=BostonFNP;7215971]Did your school tell you that?[

    It's very well known in my area that my school get "first dibs" on the best clinical sites/times/depts for students as well as "first dibs" on all New Grad RN positions. Being at a school affiliated with the largest hospital system in the area has its perks. HR is the first to admit that any graduate applying for a New Grad position from my school goes to the top of their list.
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    Quote from hope3456
    I take it you haven't graduated yet? Keep in mind how quick things change in the world of health care hiring. Hospitals often go on hiring freezes or decide not to hire any more "new grads"
    Our new grads consistently get hired within 6 months of graduation. We're affiliated with a very large hospital system. Year in, year out, they have always hired our graduates before hiring from other schools. I'm not the least bit worried about getting hired once I graduate, especially since I'm already a HCT within the system.
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    Quote from PnutButterJelly
    That is a lot of new grads. My class will be graduating with 23 people in a few short weeks. I guess it just depends on the area. I would imagine it would be hard for 100-200 people to find jobs at the same time in any area though. Are you the only nursing school in the area?
    We graduate 50-60 in May and 50-60 in Dec. We are one of 5 nursing schools in the area: 2 offer BSNs (1 school is on probation), 1 community college (which is on probation), 2 private ASN programs (I'm in one of these), and 1 diploma program. We have 2 large hospital systems in my area. The 2 private ASN programs and the diploma program are affiliated with the larger of the 2 hospital systems. HR is the first to admit that when they start hiring, our graduates are chosen first.
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    [QUOTE="RunnerRN2b2014;7216472"] It's very well known in my area that my school get "first dibs" on the best clinical sites/times/depts for students as well as "first dibs" on all New Grad RN positions. Being at a school affiliated with the largest hospital system in the area has its perks. HR is the first to admit that any graduate applying for a New Grad position from my school goes to the top of their list. [QUOTE]

    They must be an awful big local hospital system to be hiring 120 new grads a year every year. Or have real high turnover.
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