In the last couple of years, I've seen many changes in my local area that I think contributes to new grad discouragement & the nursing shortage. For one thing, 3/4 of the hospitals in this area will not hire anything less than a BSN & the bulk of nursing education is ASN. I have heard soooo many ASN students ask where they can get a job. It's an awful thing to spend that much time, effort, & money on an education that can't be used. In watching the students in clinicals, I also believe there is too much emphasis placed on the academics & not enough on the necessary skills. The students just aren't properly prepared by educational institutions to make it on the floor. I think nursing programs would be better if moved back into the actual hospital setting. When faced with the reality of nursing, they get discouraged, scared, & burned very quickly. Facilities also don't offer good GN programs anymore. On the average (here at least), most GN programs are 6-8 weeks....then it's sink or swim. It's a horrible thing to only have 6 weeks orientation then be by yourself with 7 acute pts. For myself, I've had the unfortunate experience of being with a bad preceptor & did end up leaving the job after only 3 1/2 months--a job I wanted & knew I could do; so I'm also of the opinion that it would be helpful if facilities would offer preceptor training programs on a voluntary basis. I've seen coworkers get thrown into the position that really didn't want it & had no interest in teaching a new grad. Not everybody's cut out to teach. Unfortunately, the only advice I can give to any new grad right now is that if you really want to be a nurse just always do your best, stay focused on the reason, stay determined, learn all you can, & keep on keepin' on.