Philadelphia area job market? - page 2

Hi -- I'm new to this board. I've read a lot of contradictory things about the nursing job market in Philly. For example, I gather that it's terrible and new grads can't find jobs (see recent article... Read More

  1. by   SanAngelonurse
    Hello fellow Nurses and /or future Nurses. As a older Nurse I have a few thoughts to add. Decide first what is truely the most important thing to you.
    Do you intend to stay in the area that you now live? If the answer is yes and the job opportunities for Nurses is poor, then survey the market and decide what services are needed in your area. Maybe it is providing a job service or providing nurse aids in the home, or some one to do chores for elderely, or other housekeeping services. Maybe there is a need in your area for a Nurse to review charts for Lawyers. Maybe there is a need for someone to provide walkers, wheel chairs, etc for disabled, etc.
    However if you really truely want to work as a Nurse NOW, then find out what parts of the country need your services. Work as a Traveling Nurse or move to the area that is in need of Nurses.

    Just because something is a certain way where you live does not make it so every where.

    Some of you just need more bed side nursing experience, with out job experience the degrees are not worth much in most places
  2. by   pamkc12
    wow... just came across this thread, and i now i kind of wish i didn't! i was just accepted for drexel's ace program for fall 2010. i was planning on trying to work part time during the program, but it is sounding like that is pretty impossible. any other thoughts on that? my fianc (who will be my husband by then!) will be supporting us mostly, but i don't think we can do it with me not working at all! do you know if anyone is able to work part time and still be successful at the program? we don't have kids, so that is not a concern.
  3. by   mofo43
    I think you should go the cheaper route. Also, do a program that is associated with a hospital if you can. I really think it makes it easier to get a job, they look out for their own. Good Luck deciding. PS -- A BSN makes a difference for Penn, CHOP, and Temple. That's about it.
  4. by   PhillyQuaker
    Thanks everybody! This is a lot to think about, but I'm feeling really encouraged again.

    I was all revved up to apply and start in Fall 2010. Then I started this thread as I started getting cold feet. I definitely still want to switch from my current career to nursing, but I'm weighing the pace and timing. We really want to have a third child (and you just can't control the timing with adoption -- you get picked when you get picked), so I'm considering staying in my current job (which offers flexibility and parental leave benefits) for another year or two until we've finished expanding our family. I can keep chipping away at the pre-reqs/core courses.

    I'm so glad that I found this site. Thanks for all your thoughts and insights. Good luck!
  5. by   gogatsby
    For those of you doing accelerated programs, for what it's worth: While I didn't go to Drexel, I went to Rush University (in Chicago) and did their 12 month accelerated second degree program (which they no longer have...I was in their last class!). Anyway, it was an intense 12 month program, but I did work on the weekends as a waitress at a breakfast place. I worked anywhere from 6-16 hours per week, and I LOVED it. I graduated near the top of my class, so it was completely doable, but I don't think many other people in my program worked. I commuted to and from school (1-1.5 hours each way...I studied A LOT on the train!), and I lived at home with my parents so I didn't have to worry about cooking dinner (most of the time). Plus, I don't have any kids! I give major props to anyone who does an accelerated program with kids...wayyyyyy harder than anything!

    Anyway, just my two sense to say that I had a part-time job during an accelerated program and still did great. All I did for 12 months was go to school, work, and study study study study study, but it was worth it in the end! Nursing school is going to be hard whether it takes 12 months or 24 months, but you'll get there.
  6. by   Brushfire
    Where did you receive your ADN from if you don't mind me asking? I am currently trying to decide which is the best avenue for me for school and your advice would greatly help me.
  7. by   AtomicWoman
    For those who are planning to stay in the Philly area, please think carefully about getting your BSN and not your ASN. Because the job market is so tight, hospitals can afford to be very choosy about who they hire. Right now, many are specifying BSN required and/or preferred. There was an article in the Daily News a few months ago (I saw it here on AN) that said about half the graduates of last May's CCP ASN class did not yet have jobs. And when Jefferson eliminated its ASN program a couple of months ago, they specifically said it was because area hospitals no longer want to hire ASNs. Does that mean no ASN will get a job? No, of course not. But it may take a lot longer.
  8. by   hiddencatRN
    Here's the article you're talking about:

    I worked with someone who graduated in May and while he did find a job, he had a hard time finding one and he was a strong candidate.
  9. by   Ling07
    This is a good thread. Very informative. I too, have a Bachelors but I want to pursue an Associates in Nursing.
  10. by   rayne215
    well this is discouraging.... im a pre nursing student who is getting certifeid in phlebotomy and getting my CNA first hopefully that experience will help me.. but im going for my ADN....
  11. by   carabels
    Hi. Just curious, if the market has changed since the original post is 2010? Also, are there no jobs in Philly or does that also apply to hospitals outside the city, like Bucks/Montgomery Counties. I am finishing up pre-requisites right now as well as applying to several schools for the ABSN and feeling a little discouraged after reading this post. I'm hoping it has changed a bit. Could you let me know.
  12. by   LadyFree28
    People are starting to hire, but it is still tough to get a hospital job. That article is correct...when the shortage begins, hospitals are going to be pumping money out to do refresher courses for the thousands that were not able to land acute-care experience.

    The best advice is to network. I got to know a few nursing recruiters from area hospitals, and I kept refreshing the rsum. I landed a job based on this person's tips, interviewed well, and got the job.
    Go out to nursing career fairs; talk to recruiters, most are willing to give great career advice. I'm glad I took the advice!
  13. by   KnitWitch
    My casual search has shown that in general hospitals are posting more RN positions. Unfortunately most of these are still wanting experience. About 40%-50% are looking for someone with a BSN. However, when you compare this to the raw number of nursing jobs of any stripe that were being posted 2-3 years ago, the rising numbers are encouraging. As the number of empty positions grows, job-seeking nurses may be able to compensate for lack of BSN or acute care experience by playing up other talents, skills and experiences. Selling yourself effectively (but truthfully!) remains your best tactic for landing a job in a difficult market. But from my completely not-scientific research the market here seems to be loosening up just a little bit.

    Good luck out there!