If there is anyone that can give honest information on the job market (specifically for Chicago Suburbs) for new grad nurses, or have any tips or suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
*** This is just background and context for those that wish to read it
*** I am a 3-year high-school Science teacher looking to switch careers. Having a Biology degree, experience in service, and finding a passion for health care I landed on nursing. This was mostly due to talking to nurses that were treating my mother at different times over the past couple of years. I know what you are thinking and I can assure you that I am not leaving my teaching career behind because of changes in education (common-core) or the pay alone. I love teaching and plan on doing so later in my career again, perhaps nursing!
If I go this direction I would certainly go for advanced-nursing with a DNP in order to teach.
The most important reason for my change of heart is that finding a full-time teaching job even with connections is seemingly impossible. After 3 years I have been close to landing that dream job, only to be told I did not quite get it. This is understandable as there are often 200+ quality applicants with more experience per job posting. I have only been able to teach at a private school with no benefits and stagnant, sub-par salary pay... and I have learned that I do not want to "climb the ladder" into administration as I once thought I did. All of this worries me that my job is not secure and that there is no room for me to grow.
I have tested and been accepted into a BSN-accelerated Nursing program in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois where I live. I have just started online classes and while in-person I have been told that nursing and health care is "always a good choice" and "always will be in-demand", I have seen more and more comments here or there that the job market is not good. The problem - I can't find recent data or comments. Can anyone help me?