I was the the Pennysvlania Nurses Association booth talking about nursing in PA and benefits of joining the Professional association, ANA.
Over 3000 students attended the convenion. PSNA was one over over 400 exhibitors at the Phila Convention Center ( same place ANA will hold their convention in June). Over 2000 students passed by our booth Thursday of the convention. Anyone who was a PA student received an informational flyer on PSNA and State tuition reimbursement. We had info on liability insurance and scholarships
too. Also, they got a chance to sign up for a drawing for our "MADE IN PA" gift basket.
I talked to many nurses from across the US. Most wanted to stay in their areas to practice; a few wanted to move to be near family. One NY nurse wanted to move to Vegas and wanted to know about job situation there. From the many posters comments here at allnurses. I was able to tell them about some possitive hospital environments and the general state of nursing. Also plugged this website when I could.
Was surprised to find out that most students had done no job interviews, even though graduating in May. Was told by my educator colleagues there, they all recomended studying and taking NCLEX first, rather than divert attention to learning ropes of job.
In the dinnosaur days, the 2day paper test was scheduled only few times a year and you took it first cahnce you could. What the students and educators told me was that some students wait as long as a year after graduation to take it and some NEVER...
which looks bad for the school rather than reflecting on an individual. Have trouble believing someone would spend all that money for school and time out of their lives, not to follow thru with testing; but after some of the posters here, I could undrestand their concerns. Still think some practical workday experience would be helpful answering questions. Beginning to see the need for a 3 mo. clinical practicum of 4-6 patients prior graduation as a way to have solid precepting and good foundation to practice.
I was expecting more student nurses to be in their 20's and 30's; those attending were more in late 30's to 40's, even 50's. I can see that we are in for a DEEP nursing shortage. With burn out and shortened work life due to advanced age entering this profession, 10 years down the road, few nurses will be around. Hospital care will be forever changed and not for the better.
Hope students attending will discuss their experiences.