Congresswoman Barbara Lee informed re New Grad job shortage

  1. congresswoman barbara lee, meet with samuel merritt university's dean audrey berman who also met with an obama presidential advisor to legislative affairs. mrs. berman brought up the subject of the new grad job shortage, to which congreewoman lee had no knowledge of. guess my letters regarding new grad job shortage were never read or i keep looking for that coveted rn position.

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    "obama's advisor tours oakland and opens doors to discuss nurse unemployment

    audrey berman, phd, rn, dean and professor of nursing and elizabeth valente, associate director of publications and media relations, attended a reception hosted by congresswoman barbara lee to welcome a top consultant to president obama, senior presidential advisor for legislative affairs valerie jarrett.
    jarrett was in town during the first week of march to get a firsthand look at federal stimulus dollars at work in the bay area. along with congresswoman lee, jarrett toured dot-com companies in san jose, her alma-mater stanford, met with mayor gavin newsom in san francisco, and top city leaders from the east bay. the final stop in jarrett's tour was the breakfast reception at scott's seafood restaurant in jack london square.
    "ms. jarrett joked about her days at stanford and taking bart to attend the berkeley jazz festival. as she got serious, she spoke about the economy, support for education and healthcare reform," said valente. "on behalf of president obama, she acknowledged and expressed thanks for the hard work over the past year. she also expressed the concern for long-term unemployment."
    congresswoman lee spoke about concerted efforts to provide jobs, education, and healthcare in oakland. after the speeches were over, dr. berman had an opportunity to speak with congresswoman lee personally about the unemployment crisis which is affecting nursing graduates.
    "i expressed to congresswoman lee the recent efforts the university has made to increase the number of new nurses and yet the serious current shortage of employers able to hire new graduates. the topic hits everything jarrett was expressing," said dr. berman. "when i mentioned the situation, congresswoman lee said she was unaware of the problem and expressed interest in learning more."
    twice a year, deans of nursing schools across the country meet in washington to visit with representatives or their staffers on capitol hill. "we go with handouts explaining how proposed legislation may influence our students and practitioners and with a list of 'asks' clarifying how we think they can advance our causes," said berman. "i'm not sure most faculty - including me - are as aware of how we can influence the political process as we should be. but i know we are taking steps in the right direction."
    congresswoman lee was one of a handful of democrats at the white house earlier this month as the president courted democrats whose votes are needed to pass his healthcare package.
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  3. by   Thank_You_RNs
    Finally, our voice are being heard. The problem is that people outside of nursing assumed that being a nurse, its easy to find a job. Its not so true anymore for new/old grad nurses. Everytime I met with someone who is not in a healthcare field, they'll be suprise that Im struggling to land a job. They just dont know our situation because media are more likely to cover other field of work such as: construction, teaching, dotcom jobs that has the most unemployed jobs and failed to cover nursing in general. I think we should break the public's perception that nurses has no problem finding employment. Maybe we should let our state governor or representatives our current situation. No job is recession proof.
  4. by   Hopalong Casady
    i get the same response when I tell folks that it isn't easy finding a decent job as a FNP. Sure, you can get "a job" maybe, but it will be low paid, with crazy people to work with or lousy benefits along with the above. Everyone is trying to get by these days.
  5. by   Anne36
    When I tell people that I am going to apply for the Nursing program, I get the response that I will always have a job because Nurses are in high demand. This is in a state where the unemployment rate is at 15%.
  6. by   cmcstowe
    I moved to San Diego from Chicago in January after working in behavioral health for nine months. It was my first nursing job. I have been searching for a job here since January to no avail. I could kick myself every time I think about how I HAD a job in Chicago, and I left it only to find that I do not qualify for 90% of the jobs out here because I didn't complete a full year on the unit. What's worse is that I was working 60-70 hours/week which basically means I DID complete a full year. My fiance got his orders to report to SD and I left my position. Now I find that there is NOTHING down here for someone with under a year of experience. Something needs to be done if they are going to keep churning out record-breaking numbers of graduates from various nursing programs in this state! A 65% increase in number of new nurses is nothing to boast about when your facilities cannot afford to hire ANY of them. Bottom line, I'm scared now. My bank account is dwindling, patience is wearing thin, and skills are growing rusty. Not to mention, how scary to be a patient in this state knowing your nurse is putting in ridiculous overtime with dangerous nurseatient ratios!! Certainly not MY first choice for the person calculating my drug doses...
  7. by   tewdles
    I want to hug Dean Berman for being so proactive in advocating for nurses!
  8. by   JeanettePNP
    Finally they're starting to wake up...

    But the waves of new nurses flocking to the profession and competing for non-existent jobs does not seem to be letting up any time soon... unless and until the news leaks out faster than it is now.

    (To be honest, I have been a member of this forum for 4 years and NEVER read about the nursing job shortage until i was already in a nursing program. If I had, I probably would have come up with a different plan. Either this just started within the last year or so, or I was just selectively reading.)
  9. by   sunrock
    You were being selective, tons of agencies in the northeast have ads, send me a private email.
  10. by   FLmomof5
    Firstcoast news in Jacksonville ran a story about it here! FINALLY!
  11. by   Jameslovestravel
    If one is not tied down and can move anywhere in the US is it that difficult to find a job. I am wondering since I am starting nursing school in September. Hard truthful answers are welcomed.
  12. by   greytRNtobe
    I graduated in Dec '09 with Honors and I have had a few interviews - no job. I have a good work history and am appying all over the country. I have had few bites and the ones I have had were just collecting resumes. The family unit is getting a little uptight about me not having a source of income. We need to write our congressmen and congresswomen and tell them there is no nursing shortage. Eventually, the older nurses will retire and nurse's husbands will go back to work but by that time, many of us will have moved on to different careers.
  13. by   Jameslovestravel
    Could it just be that they have not hired yet for the training programs for new graduates? Or that you applied to late for the intake?
  14. by   neurorn6
    It really is a regional problem in my opinion, there are also several issues. Nursing programs are turning out new grads really quickly. There are jobs, but you have to look at where the shortages are, such as urban areas that are unattractive to most. I work in the south, and they are hiring new grads, of course pay is low and benefits are fair. Unfortunately, most hospitals don't have programs in place to train new grads.

    Of course, there is always the military, which does have a nursing shortage. As far as older nurses retiring, a lot of us, won't be able to retire because we can't afford to.