i live in Los Angeles. just now, i searched for a Registered Nurse position within a 50 mile radius of my zip code. 300 NEW (as in was posted, yesterday) showed up... the majority wanted 1+ year of experience or specified "NO NEW GRADUATE".
i feel that "lack of experience" should have been mention. ... unless my reading comprehension sucks and i missed it.
anyway, it is cheaper to place a nurse with 1+ year(s) of experience on orientation for a couple of days than it is to train a raw graduate for a minimum of 6 weeks.
and from what i have seen... as a new graduate, no nurse wants the additional workload to precept/train UNLESS your facility has a NEW GRADUATE program... if there is no NEW GRADUATE program in place, you can expect the higher acuity patients and the maximum legal nurse:patient ratio... because there are (2) of you. not sure what math was involved here; but, it is clear nobody took into account the time to teach/demonstrate/feedback/ask questions/etc... the additional work isn't going to sit well with anybody; especially, a nurse who was forced (did not volunteer) to precept.