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Jobs Booming in Health Care says Bureau of Labor Statistics.


This optimistic article seems to fly in the face of so many complaints posted here regarding hospital lay-offs. I wonder how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated their numbers.

Health care saw a net gain of 419,000 jobs in 2008 and its growth outlook continues to be strong through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among specific occupations, the number of registered nurses grew the most, adding 168,000 jobs through November as hospitals and agencies tried to address a nationwide nursing shortage

The number of home care aides grew by 64,000 in 2008, the BLS said. Office and administrative support workers such as medical-records clerks accounted for 14% of the overall increase in health-care jobs year over year.

Nurses remain among the most sought-after practitioners in the health-care sector. The ranks of registered nurses are expected to swell by 587,000 in the next seven years, a 23% growth rate, according to the BLS. Licensed practical or vocational nurses, who can begin working with less than the bachelor's or associate degree typically required for registered nurses, are expected to grow 14%, an addition of 105,000 new jobs.


Gov. stats tend to run a bit behind, sometimes as much as a year. Or these stats can be reflecting what you can see in the post here, that the shortages are quite regional. Places like NY were the financial melt down is hitting hard and California where the housing market crash is the problem there seems to be a shortage of jobs. Other states are experiencing a shortage of nurses. The statistics are most likely looking at the big picture which reflects a growth in healthcare employment.

These stats are way behind in the Philadelphia area. The only jobs available want experience, which are very few. As a new grad I'm thinking this "shortage" is a myth. I know plenty of new RNs who can't find a job. They need to decide if the perfect applicant is more important than being perpetually understaffed.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Nursing shortages are purely regional. A prudent individual only needs to read these forums and the numerous stories of newly graduated nurses who have been seeking jobs for months without any apparent luck.

It should read: "shortage of experienced and/or rural RN's"...sigh.

Back to the job search.


Specializes in ICU/PACU. Has 10 years experience.

I'm a travel nurse & can't find a job. There's definitely a major difference in the market now than there was over the summer. Ugh.

It could be worse. You could be a lawyer with 150k of debt and not be able to find a job. Trust me, this happens a lot.

not a month ago more than half the "help wanted" sections in two states were nursing jobs. I'm inclined to think the statistics are right and that there is a shortage, just also a budget crunch. I just looked at the classified section for little rock and 4 out of the first 10 ads were for RN or LPN positions.


Specializes in ED. Has 17 years experience.

The Shortage does exist - but healthcare instutitions as a whole are taking a hit. The overspending they did the last few years has now lead to crunching numbers, laying off ancillary staff, nursing pay cuts and hiring freezes all over the country. Here is AZ, nurses were laid off or asked to take a pay cut at the Banner Health Facilities. In NJ - Newark Beth laid off nurses as a way to save money but they now run the units at 70% instead of the 100% they were running at. Needed programs are closing! All this as a cost saving measure......but the shortage still remains.... but the companies that are hiring are being picky about who they hire....It takes an average of 5 grand to train a new Grad so many are staying away from that area. The hospital I work for is bring in more Philipinos as a cost saving measure . I guess they figure they would spend the money up front and it would pay off later. ( staff is a bit peeved)

If you need a nursing job I guess now is not the time to be picky about taking a job. My opinion is get back hands on to unit based nursing. I worked registry for many years and always had OT....last year when the shifts started to dry up I figured I better get a full time job somewhere and thats exactly what i did. I saw it coming!

That is just what this country and economy needs, bring people from other countries to suck up the few jobs available! I am certainly not being picky about the jobs I've applied for (every one posted!). I would even be willing to relocate, but at this point I can't afford it and it's very risky.

It's telling if the shortage (in places where there is one) is in experienced nurses. Wonder what could make those seasoned nurses go back? Better staffing, less charting, 8-hour shift options, patients that don't think they're in a spa?

More competitive here. There are jobs, but many I see are the troubled snf's that turn over nurses fast.

I couldn't agree more.... they say the market is desperate for nurses yet when you view the job descriptions they want "at least one year experience" or "two years experience" or "BSN required with prior experience". Give us a break! Many of us have gone into this industry 1) because we care 2) because there was a BIG demand for nurses. I can understand taking pay cuts due to our dismal economy, but if you are that desperate, there are well trained nurses out of school NEEDING to get hired!

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

Has 41 years experience.

This article cites a projection for nurses not actual positions vacant. Very tricky.


Has 9 years experience.

I had to "semi" relocate to get my first nursing job. Its only been a week but everyone (the family) seems to be coping well.

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