The real issue I think people are having is that they entered nursing school with the idea that there are many jobs and that nursing was promoted as the biggest in demand profession expected for the next 20 years. As I mentioned in a previous post that is a bunch of crap. Many people chose nursing because of a combination of liking to help people, good pay, and job security with limitless options as far as practice types. As with everythingelse the economy is a factor, but it's not the only factor. Right now there are literally hundreds if not thousands of RN and BSN nursing programs across the country from community college, hospital based programs, university based schools, 2nd degree BSN programs etc... if you think about it if each school turned out only 20 students which for many of these programs, they turn out more than that, plus have multiple classes graduated per year ie) spring and fall my guess is at least 20,000 new RN's are graduating nation wide each year and I bet that is a low figure to boot. Now couple that with all the nurses who left nursing because of low pay, better opportunities in other fields, or retired but are now re-entering the job market due to the poor economy, which will not turn around to the way it was before for at least 3-4 years, if even then. Then look at hospitals, they are businesses, with money as there main concern to either stay in business or make a profit. The reality is and I am in a nursing program myself is that nursing is not going to be a fun place to be, now and in the future. Sure, some new grads are getting jobs in the remaining giant metropolis's such a NYC, Phily, but they will soon fill up too with many new grads still being pumped out the door. Hopefully, you may find a job, but don't expect great pay, not that nursing paid well to begin with. Having to live in NYC on a nurses salary is like living on a poverty wage and having to work your butt off to boot.
Making 30 bucks/hour in a big city is chicken feed, maybe elsewhere it would be nice, but not the big city.
I am a second career nursing student that fell for the bait of nursing being in such big demand, you can move anywhere after you graduate, make great money, with limitless opportunities for advancement. As I was told recenlty by a nurse, "there is not shortage of nurses, just nurses who want to remain in the field". I now believe this to be true. If you trully love nursing, know the facts about being a nurse, not what you hear. The future of nursing is going to be even harder that it already is, with too much competition for jobs, low wage, exploitation, and as I have seen in my clinicals, the old saying "nurses eat there young". If you have other options in life, go for it. I am going to finish my nursing program only because I am a semester away from being done, but I am definetly keeping my options open to enter a different field.
All the caring to help people in the world desn't make for all the hassles of being a nurse and now having to beg to even get a job as one?