Quote from navyguyhm3
there is a nursing shortage here where i live as well (LVNs & RNs). I live in Riverside, Ca.
Are you sure about that? There hasn't been a critical nursing shortage in southern CA in a long time, at least a couple of years. A bunch of advertisements for nursing jobs in local newspapers does not mean that the healthcare facilities ever intend to fill these positions.
It is hard to get hired as an LVN in southern California due to multiple reasons...
1. Southern California has more than one hundred LVN programs. The vast majority of these are for-profit trade schools that accept new students all the time and churn out masses of new nurses into the local employment market when there are few, if any, jobs for new grads. Also, new LVN programs are opening up for business all the time, which is worsening the situation.
2. Since southern CA has several higher cost-of-living metro areas, displaced workers enroll in these for-profit nursing programs because they assume that an LVN license is an automatic ticket to a guaranteed job, good income, and enough cash to maintain their standards of living. Everyone in southern California (and their mama) has been enrolling in these programs because they actually think there's a nursing shortage.
3. The economy is still crappy. We see less patients during rough economies because there's more unemployed people than ever. Unemployed people are unlikely to have health insurance. People without health insurance are unlikely to visit the doctor, go to a hospital, or schedule an elective surgery unless it is an absolute emergency. If less patients are seeking healthcare, then healthcare facilities can operate with less nurses.
4. Healthcare facilities are running a tight budget with what they already have. The people who oversee hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, clinics, etc., would rather work their current employees to the bone (and sometimes overwork them) than hire new grads who cost valuable time and a plenitude of money to train.
5. Many facilities would rather hire experienced nurses. The truth is that an experienced nurse can be up and running with minimal orientation, whereas the new grad needs time to get trained, costs money to train, and often quits before the facility can recoup any return on their human investment. This is why you see requests for nurses with at least 1 year of experience.