Nursing Shortage

  1. Hi,

    I'm new to this board. I came on board to check out the job listings. I keep hearing about a nursing shortage, but I just graduated from college, passed the NCLEX and now I"m sitting on my license unemployed. It seems no one wants to hire new grads. Any advice out there?

    Thank you,

    Susan
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    About ruthere04976

    Joined: Jun '09; Posts: 15; Likes: 7
    Charge Nurse Skilled Unit LTC; from US
    Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in LTC/Skilled/Dementia

    36 Comments

  3. by   techraider77
    Are you able to relocate? Maybe the area you are in is not in need of more nurses.
  4. by   ruthere04976
    Hi,

    I am willing to relocate. My area is largely under hiring freeze, especially when it comes to new grads. Do you know of areas that are hiring?
  5. by   cruisin_woodward
    Detroit... But we are getting a lot of hiring freezes here now too... We just hired 9 new grads on our unit alone...
  6. by   crawlyberry
    You could call around New Orleans and the surrounding areasin Louisiana.
  7. by   Patchouli
    same problem where i live, very few new grads were able to get positions in hospitals. although there are jobs available, they all call for at least 1-2 years experience. i'm sitting here wondering where they think all of these nurses are going to come from to fill those positions if they won't train new grads, ugh!
  8. by   techraider77
    Try Texas, nursing hotbed, although the slowdown has hit here too. Just gotta search and search.
  9. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from ruthere04976
    Hi,

    I am willing to relocate. My area is largely under hiring freeze, especially when it comes to new grads. Do you know of areas that are hiring?
    King's Daughters Medical Center - Ashland, KY is hiring new grads.
  10. by   Mrs.Rollins
    Quote from techraider77
    Try Texas, nursing hotbed, although the slowdown has hit here too. Just gotta search and search.
    Be aware, though, that the Houston market is hellacious after Hurrican Ike. There are little-to-no grad jobs in this area of the gulf coast since UTMB's closing. At least half of my graduating class are still job-less.

    It's my understanding, however, that most other areas of Texas are booming.
  11. by   wondern
    What does the term nursing shortage mean to you? To me it seems like it means, there are not enough nurses to go around for all the sick patients.

    It seems like there has been a so-called nursing shortage forever. Doesn't it to you?

    I know the economy is really bad but even when it was good there was a nursing shortage. Do you think the nursing shortage is a direct result of hospitals trying to get by with minimal nursing staff, caused by budget concerns, probably due to not getting paid for care by medicare and other insurance companies along with the outrageous cost of some medical supplies and care? Wheeewww, that was a long question. It's just frustrating when you hear new grads can't get a job and about more experienced nurses being run off due to workplace violence, etc. Nurses and our patients deserve way better than this.

    Why can the NFL get their team so tight and together yet hospitals, health care workers, and most important patients of the USA can't? I think it might be the money thing again, huh? IJS.....nursing shortage??????????

    Yes, good luck on your job hunt! Thanks for the thread, ruthere04976.:redpinkhe
  12. by   ruthere04976
    Thank you, all of you, for your suggestions. Thanks for the well wishes Wondern. What I see happening, at least in this state, is hospitals getting by with less. The questions I'm asked at interviews consist of "how many patients can you care for at once?" The ratio went from one nurse to 3-4 pts to 5-7 pts. The questionaires we fill out on line for some hospitals seem to drill down to the fact that if you don't answer them to reveal that you love to multi-task to death and love being pulled off assignments and put onto something new, you don't get the job. I may have to apply to nursing homes not connected to hospitals. They are hiring.

    I can't help but think that pts must get inferior care now days.

    From what I'm hearing, the budget constraints at my local hospitals are caused by the hospitals not being reimbursed by the state for the care of welfare recipients.

    You're right though - we do us new grads go to get experience? I graduated top of my class with an award in academic excellence in nursing, yet I can't land a job. I'm not giving up though!

    I will look into the KY hospital.
  13. by   rnffemtguy
    Quote from ruthere04976
    From what I'm hearing, the budget constraints at my local hospitals are caused by the hospitals not being reimbursed by the state for the care of welfare recipients.
    Can I venture the guess that you're in NY state?, because that's all I hear from hospitals and human resourse people here, "the state isn't reimbursing us, so we're short on funds and working in a defecit"
  14. by   techraider77
    I think the big problem for new grads is all the nurses that have come back to the workforce. This will not last as the economy gets better eventually, and hospitals will be in even bigger need of nurses. Baby boomers retiring and needing more health services will also have a great impact. In Texas, there are tons of open nursing positions, but must have 1-2 yrs experience. Tough for new grads right now.

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