Has the economic downturn affected your employment opportunities?

  1. I have been following the posts of the new graduates in the US who are having great difficulty finding a job.
    Many are moving states in an effort to find a job.
    I hoped it wouldn't happen here, but now we are seeing it.
    The effect of the economy downturn is starting to hit the healthcare sector here in Australia.


    I believe that there are less permanent full time/part time positions being advertised and more casual/temp positions being advertised than ever before.

    Has the economic downturn affected your employment opportunities?
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  3. by   ceridwyn
    The report is about graduating Div 2 nurses...so I suppose depends on skill mix required etc.

    My place of employment has sacked the admin staff and going to replace them with one person who has never worked in community nursing before.

    Nurses here are working half to one hour longer each day (not getting paid) to put files out for the next day and putting stats online for the DHS. It really stinks, knowing that we do put our clients first, management knows that, so we keep working these horrible hours.

    Can't really put the sackings down to the economic climate though, they have enough money to put on middle mangement lately, (edited lots, coz could be traced to what service I am talking about) but have been employed with the most amazing titles.
    so to answer you question has the economic climate effected my workplace, yes and then a very big fat no...with all this employment into middle management.
    Has it effected my employment opportunities, no if I want a fancy title into middle management C
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Apr 19, '09
  4. by   talaxandra
    My ward is significantly ovestaffed, to the tune of about twelve shifts/week. THis is due to a combination of employing massively more grads this year (twelve vs last year's seven), combined with almost no resignations in the last eight months or so.

    It's my understanding that the latter is the case throughout the hospital, and that turnover everywhere's decreased, perhaps as a consequence of the GFC. There are very few jobs being advertised, but just as many nurses on the floor. This is helped by the ratios - they can't take away clinical nurses in Victoria without also closing beds.

    It will be very interesting to see what happens next, though - I suspect there's a lot more financial drama ahead.
  5. by   ANnot4me
    I am in NZ, and there are tons of jobs, but there is a reason for that. I would not even consider working here at the moment. QLD is recruiting and I replied. They are interested, but now I am not so sure. I don't need to spend all that money and energy just to be made redundant in a few months. and be left with nothing.
  6. by   joannep
    I understand how you feel, I was made redundant about 18 mths ago and while I found a new job, it really shook me.
  7. by   joannep
    Talaxandra, my daughter is doing her grad year next year 2010, and I'm concerned there will be less grad positions on offer. Have to wait and see.
  8. by   smilenurse
    The whole world and Australia is crying for Nurses and there are heaps of jobs for Nurses everywere despite the economic downturn.
  9. by   talaxandra
    Joanne, I suspect that next year will be more competitive for grads, after the massive increase in numbers this year. That said, it usually takes admin a little longer to work out a mistake (and then make a change), so maybe the 2011 grads have more reason to worry!
  10. by   joannep
    Quote from smilenurse
    The whole world and Australia is crying for Nurses and there are heaps of jobs for Nurses everywere despite the economic downturn.
    Actually that not really happening at the moment.
    Check this thread, and while it is pertaining to the US it is important to realize that we are not immune from the effects of the GFC in Australia.

    Staffs full, nurses struggle for work

    The article I initially posted relates to new graduates in Australia finding it difficult to get jobs, but experienced nurses may also find it difficult as there are less nursing jobs being advertised in Australia, and what is being advertised is more likely to be casual/fixed term rather than permanent.
    Last edit by joannep on Apr 21, '09
  11. by   smilenurse
    Joannep ! Thank you that was a interesting article to read. But anyway were I work in aged care we are having difficultly finding experienced nurses despite advertising on line. We mainly depend on Agengy nurses now as there are no nurses interested answering our AD's depsite it is an permanent job.
    Last edit by smilenurse on Apr 22, '09 : Reason: to add on information