Why New Nurses Can’t Find Jobs (No, Really)

Why New Nurses Can’t Find Jobs (No, Really)

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This month’s wretched jobs report tells a now-familiar tale: Employment has risen nicely in health care (a net gain of more than 340,000 jobs between May 2011 and May 2012). But almost every other sector has been flat or worse.

You might think that would mean that new-graduate nurses are having an easy time finding work. That’s still true in rural areas — but elsewhere, no.

In many U.S. cities, especially on the west coast, there’s real evidence of a nursing glut. The most recent survey conducted by the National Student Nurses’ Association found that more than 30 percent of recent graduates had failed to find jobs.

How is that possible?

While demand for nurses has been rising, it actually hasn’t risen as fast as most scholars had projected. Meanwhile, the supply of nurses has spiked unexpectedly, at both ends of the age scale: Older nurses have delayed retirement, often because the recession has thrown their spouses out of work. And people in their early twenties are earning nursing degrees at a rate not seen in decades. We’re now in the sixth year in which health-care employment has far outshone every other sector, and college students have read those tea leaves.

So what will happen next?

Here are crude sketches of two possible futures:

I. THE NURSING SHORTAGE OF 2020

(This scenario draws from a talk that Vanderbilt University’s Peter Buerhaus gave two weeks ago at the U. of Maryland School of Nursing. Buerhaus still sees a shortage coming, though a less severe one than the shortage that he and two colleagues had predicted in a widely-cited 2000 paper.)

  • In June 2012, the Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, and Republicans never manage to do much to weaken the law. Tens of millions of Americans gain access to insurance, and the demand for nurses rises in tandem.
  • Some time around 2014, the general labor market finally recovers. There’s less desperation in the air. Sixty-year-old nurses are more likely to retire, and twenty-year-old college students who aren’t actually that interested in nursing go back to majoring in anthropology or accounting or whatever, because they’re reasonably sure they’ll find jobs.
  • The millions of soon-to-retire Baby Boomers utilize Medicare at rates similar to previous cohorts of 70-year-olds.
  • Changes in health care delivery mean that nurses and nurse practitioners are heavily deployed to provide primary care and to coordinate patients’ services.
II. THE NURSING GLUT OF 2020
  • In June, the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA’s insurance mandate. Mitt Romney wins the 2012 election and pushes his health proposals through Congress. In this scenario, at least 45 million fewer people have health insurance than would have been the case with an intact ACA.
  • The EU zone goes to hell, and the ensuing financial crisis means that the U.S. labor market stays miserable for years. College students continue to pour into health care fields, because that’s the one sector with better-than-zero growth.
  • The millions of soon-to-retire Baby Boomers utilize Medicare at significantly lower rates than previous cohorts of 70-year-olds. (Unlike the other items on this list, this one is good news.)
  • Changes in health care delivery don’t lead to a relative increase in the deployment of nurses and nurse practitioners. Accountable Care Organizations use social workers and other non-nurses to coordinate patients’ care across providers.

What will actually happen? Probably something in between, of course. (Or maybe the Yellowstone volcano will erupt and this will all be moot.)

We had better hope that it is something close to halfway in between. Both shortages and gluts are bad for patients and bad for the nursing profession. Nursing shortages, because patients are even more likely than usual to face understaffed units and overstretched nurses. Nursing gluts, because nurses are so afraid of unemployment that they don’t speak up about problems on their units.

David Glenn is a student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and author of the blog, Notes on Nursing, where this post originally appeared.

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171 Comments on "Why New Nurses Can’t Find Jobs (No, Really)"


Guest
Jun 4, 2012

I thought that we had a nurse shortage. From what I read earlier last year and this year it seems that we have plenty of jobs but not enough people to fill them. I have friends that are taking 2 – 3 shifts every few days because the facilities can’t staff it!

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Audrey
Oct 19, 2012

The reason your friends are working extra shifts is because its cheaper to have existing employees work more than hire new nurses and train them.

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PI
Oct 25, 2012

If they would hire new grads it wouldn’t be a shortage. The problem is that no one is willing to train new grads. There is a shortage of experience nurses, but many new grad nurses are desperate for work!

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karen kotzmann
Nov 26, 2012

The hospitals are not hiring because they have nurses who will take extra shifts. It is far more expensive to hire a New Grad and train them than to stretch your existing staff. New Graduates are not ready for the clinical setting and often require 6 months of hand holding. That means that a hospital has to staff an experienced RN with every one to two New Graduates it hires for nothing else but to train them in unit work and organization, something they no longer get in school.

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rhiana
Dec 1, 2012

I am a new grad had a job for 5 days one day in class room orientation and 4 days on the floor 12 hr shifts i beg for more trianing before i started working the shifts I pick up no phone calls no replys I qiut now i cant find anything. I wish the ltc facility would have trained me the right way not push me into 20 or more patients by myself for with only being there for 4 days.

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Renee
Dec 30, 2012

Same happened to me. New Grad, started at an LTC (that just went on strike!). After 3 days, they put me on my own with 33 pts on dementia unit. I tried, IMPOSSIBLE! Gave me 4 more days of orientation, then I resigned. Everyone I speak to wants “1 yr experience, call when I get it”. I’m so broke, I’m on foodstamps! I could stop using tax payers money if I could get a job! Not to mention, I can no longer work as a CNA and every minimum wage job I apply for “I’m over qualified” (and still have $70,000 of school loan debt. would go back to school, but can’t afford it and why, if I can’t get employed in my field anyway!!

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Helen
Jan 17, 2013

I had the almost exact same experience. The only different thing was they were nice enough to give me a couple of more days. I still quit too because It was just unreasonable and unsafe to be expected to handle so many people after so few days of training. I was really concerned to have made a mistake and loose my licence

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dee
Dec 19, 2012

I am a new grad nurse and I am looking for work. I’ve applied to hundreds of nursing positions and I had ONE interview in which the LTC facility ended up choosing someone with more experience. I have been on the job hunt for over 7 months.

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Renee
Dec 30, 2012

Graduated September 2010, RN license November 2010. One job (read above), hundreds of applications, no calls back. When I finally reach people (and get fellow RN’s with jobs asking for me), “not enough experience” or “too new”. Very frustrating, in deed!

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Max
Jan 29, 2013

What city is this in?

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Max
Jan 29, 2013

I don’t think that experience necessarily constitutes a good nurse. Just because someone has been doing something a long time doesn’t mean that they are always a better choice than someone new. When my parents got out of college, no one cared about experience, they wanted high quality people and were willing to invest a little time and money to get them trained. This country has lost it’s way and is headed down the crapper.

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Random Observer
Jun 4, 2012

Another possible reason is the success of nursing unions. Higher starting salaries, protected employment and threat of future strikes causes healthcare employers to minimize their nursing workforces. I am sure that a number of the 30% who were unable to find a nursing job would have been happy to accept less compensation than required by union contracts, and that the healthcare employers would have been happy to hire more nurses and pay less.

The union benefits the currently employed nurses at the expense of those unable to find positions.

It isn’t bad/good or right/wrong, just the way the incentives work out for the parties involved.

Guest
Jun 4, 2012

Don’t even get me started with the unions! OMG. I do think they’re bad and wrong… Unions were great when they were conceived 80 years ago. Not so much today. I expect that they’ll eventually be a thing of the past.

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Wright Again
Sep 27, 2012

Wrong, Random Observer. I am sure that no nurse would be happy to accept lower pay for a job that is already so stressful, so demanding, and so shorthanded that many currently employed in the field are experiencing burnout in a matter of two to three years.

The idea that employers would take the money that would theoretically be saved from hiring non-union labor and use it to enhance the satisfaction of their employees is short-sighted and ignorant. Where would health benefits go? What about sick leave? Without unions these would quickly disappear, and NOBODY would be better for it.

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Dave
Nov 3, 2012

Union bashing types crack me up !!
Union bashers think ” Those guys make too much, we can get people to do that work for less”, but in their next breath utter, “but my compensation is inadequate. “. When are you gonna wake up and realize NO ONE is getting rich working as a nurse !! The extra buck or two you make as a union employee helps to offset the high stress, no lunch, mandated over time position.

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Dixie Thompson
Jun 4, 2012

There’s no union here in Pensacola, FL, and hospitals are still short staffed. I hear from many new grad RN’s that they can’t get hired, because they have no experience! Nobody wants to train new grads! Personnel salaries are the largest expense in health care institutions, and the first things to limit when times are tight. Until we reign in the grotesque excesses of the health insurance industry, and the massive competitive metastasis of “non-profit” health care systems and focus on keeping people healthy, we will never be able to balance the scales for safe nurse/patient ratios, or fully utilize the skills and talents of our nurses.

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Dixie Thompson
Jun 4, 2012

*”rein”

Guest
Jun 4, 2012

I would have to agree with you Dixie! salaries take over 50 – 60% of most businesses operating costs. And you’re right, in a tight economy, nobody wants to spend time or resources training and bringing up staff up to the appropriate skill-level… but somebody’s gotta do it. Otherwise the new nurses will just forget what they learned and go to a crappy flippin-burgers job. And the cycle will never end.

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Peter1
Jun 5, 2012

“…and go to a crappy flippin-burgers job.

Maybe they need a union.

Guest
Jun 11, 2012

No unions! Unions suck the lifeblood out of top-performers. If I were president I’d dissolve all unions and go back to a free market.

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EXPERIENCEDRN
Jul 27, 2012

Nurse Nancy: I couldn’t agree with you more. I worked in ONE union hospital (small community hospital) and they did nothing for the nurses except take our money. I did work short term in a psych hospital which was unionized and these nurses behaved like they were in the military….counting the days until they can collect their pension. The union was more for administration, NOT THE NURSES! I’ve been out of work for a little over a year and can not find a job because of the BSN requirement hospitals are imposing on nurses, yet they are recruiting foreign nurses right out of school with a BSN. The market is flooded here with new grads and a nurse like myself with 19 yrs of experience am told “oh…you don’t have your BSN, or “you’ve been out of the hospital for three years. I’ve worked in every ICU there is, PACU, intensive home care cases. I applied several yrs ago to a local hospital and they offered me a salary subtracting four years of experience. When I asked why, I was told by the Nsg. Admin. “It’s the union’s policy….they don’t count travel nursing.” I told her “I wasn’t working in a pet shop. YES, unions are what suck the lifeblood out of top-performers. BUT, hiring a foreign nurse “is very lucrative” I quoted that because that is what i read. Sickening.

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NEW GRAD RN
Oct 2, 2012

I’ve been looking for a job as an RN since August of 2011 in NY without any luck. I chose nursing as a career change and this was my second Bachelor’s (I am not in my 20s). I am feeling very discouraged and feel like I’ve already forgotten most of what I’ve learned in school. No one wants to hire new RNs. Unfortunately, if you don’t work in a hospital already in some other department or know people in high places, it seems that a BSN is obsolete. It’s unfortunate that I spent all of my savings paying for this BSN. I recommend that nursing students try to get a job in any other department in a hospital while they’re in school that way they already have a foot in the door. I wish someone had told me it was going to be this hard to find a job. Now my savings are gone and I have a BSN to nowhere. If anyone has any recommendations I’d like to hear them. I’m usually very optimistic, but reality is kicking in. Thank you.

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Kam
Oct 12, 2012

I’ve heard a lot of nurses who got their jobs in hospitals had to volunteer for months or years before they get a position, did you already try that?

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Annelies new RN
Oct 18, 2012

I’m in the same boat as you, I graduated this may 2012 with my RN and still have yet to get any offers or even interviews in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Maine or New Hampshire. I’m out of money and about to be kicked out of my parents house because I can’t pay my bills. I am also a USCG veteran and ACLS certified yet that doesn’t seem to matter to anyone. I also wish someone told me that working during school was the best way to secure a job….. I don’t know what I’m going to do in the next few weeks…..

Guest
Oct 18, 2012

Hey Annelies – Wow, what a challenge. I’d like to speak with you and discuss ways that you can use your incredible skills and background to find employment. Please contact me through my site. Note: this is NOT some gimmick to try to get you to “work with me as a coach.” And it isn’t some line that I use to get people to subscribe to some kind of service. I seriously would like to speak with you personally because with what you’ve shared here, I have some ideas. I just got a job after submitting over 75 applications and having 30 years of experience. I look forward to hearing from you. Take care, Jerome Stone

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Regina J
Oct 27, 2012

I know that you feel helpless maybe even hopeless; but are you seeking a job in all venues or just hospital? Consider applying for a position that will give you some experience although it may not be hospital experience. Hospitals will consider someone with some experience over someone with zero experience.

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Frustrated1
Dec 24, 2012

I graduated May 2010. Have 247 applications out- all kinds of nursing jobs and non nursing, including fast food. I have no job! Now, it has been so long no one is interested in a new nurse out of school so long when there are hundreds being pumped out fresh and young. (I am 53).
Self supporting. I don’t wan’t to spend what little money I have left to relocate only to find the same thing- no job. I am not eligible for unemployment since I was a housewife before I started school.
I want to tell people that want to go to nursing school not to do it. The govt pays for grants and loans for a career that doesn’t exist- unless your foot is in the door or you know someone. I even volunteered in a PACU unit for a few months, which did allow me to finally interview, but they said they needed someone with experience. Most want at least a year of experience and no one will hire to get that experience.
It sucks.

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Emily
Jan 11, 2013

I was educated in CT, looked for a job up there for 7 months (From jan 2012 to July 2012). Got my CT license, then I moved to FL and got my FL license. One week after I got my FL RN license, I got a job with a 12 week orientation. I was there 2 months, did not like it, applied for another hospital in the same city, got that job the next day. If you are desperate for a job and willing to relocate, I would say consider moving to Florida. Nursing wages are lower but if you are experienced you will get a sign on bonus, you will get relocating grants. If you are new you will get your foot in the door. Just dont sign any 2 year contracts, this is a right to work state.

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Renee
Dec 30, 2012

Same here. I have an associates RN, though. would consider going for BSN, but not until I know it’s worth it (I could get an RN position) . Owe $70,000 as it is, savings gone, house in forcclosure, on foodstamps, can’t find a job! Had I known this, I wouldn’t have done it.

Guest
Jun 5, 2012

Ease in finding a job depends on the skills of nurses themselves. A newly graduated nurses even if you have the skills and good academic performance will be sought by a labor recruiter or hospital.

Guest
Jun 11, 2012

Skills on the job at hand… but also the individual needs to sell themselves. In today’s global employee marketplace you need to stand out from the rest.

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Ana
Sep 7, 2012

Um not quite – I graduated at the top of my class, am highly capable and motivated, had volunteer and CNA experience prior to graduation from nursing school, but I live in a large city (Seattle) where we are experiencing an explosion of new nurses and institutions unwilling to pay to train them…it’s all about the money people! This is a reflection of the state of the economy at large and not a reflection of my own skill set or abilities. It also really depends on where you live – I’m sure if I was living in a small rural area I would be sought after.

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Renee
Dec 30, 2012

Maybe. I live in a small rural area and still, notta!

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MD as HELL
Jun 5, 2012

Nursing has been “dumbed down” by JCAHO, the ENA and CMS to the point nurses are not needed. They are overtrained and too expensive. With the new IT and the elimination of judgement calls, there is no need to have a rocket scientist light a fire cracker.

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Peter1
Jun 6, 2012

I guess then “MD as Heil” you’d feel comfortable with a burger flipper being your IC, ER or OR nurse.

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MD as HELL
Jun 6, 2012

Peter1.

You are still expecting judgement from your nurse. Are you not paying attention? Judgement and choosing from a range of alternatives is no longer the pervue of nurses. So if a burger flipper can be trained to do what they are told to do, you and I are better off. The finance people are keeping nursing vacancies because they do not want the overhead.

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Peter1
Jun 7, 2012

MD, in your eternal arrogance I can see this relationship with nurses is exactly what you prefer. There are doctors hospitals that dictate to nurses as their hand maidens, and the one’s my wife has worked where there is a professional respect and team attitude to patient care. I can also tell you my wife has saved a bunch of patients and docs with her “judgement” calls during her work as L&D and NICU nurse.

But I’ve come to understand you pine for the “doctor is infallible” relationship of 100 years ago that docs held with their patients and who ever they interacted with.

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MD as HELL
Jun 7, 2012

Peter1, In your eternal bitterness you have entirely missed who I am, what I mean, or what I prefer. I revere nurses and what they do. I deplore the negative changes in the nursing profession. Nurses teach brand new doctors so much. Nursing judgement is highly valued by me and other good doctors. The EMR documentation monster allows for no nursing judgement. Orders for medicine cannot include a range of dosing anymore. Shy? It involves making a judgement. No more “morephine sulfate, 2-4 mg prn pain.” That is called a “range order”. Not acceptable anymore.

Nursing is being dumbed down. I hate it. Nurses are not my “hand-maidens”. I do not dictate to them. I love them.

The destructive forces that are shredding the healthcare system are shredding the nursing and medical professions as well. The illusion that the feds and HIT can keep patients safer and enhance care are delusion. The illusion that this will make care cheaper are folly. They are destroying the team that your wife has. Ask her.

Try to see me in a different light, Peter1. I am not your enemy.

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atlibertytosay
Oct 20, 2012

MD as Hell, was in fact giving a “shot in the arm” to nurses. The nursing profession IS being given so many “guidelines” that anybody with a pen can check the boxes. I agree that we need to keep the nurse/patient/doctor relationship. Good call MD as Hell.

Guest
Jun 11, 2012

Given how lazy MD’s have become (or overhwelmed) and knowing that Nurses do most of the work pre-op and post-op. I mean they do the bulk of the work and these aren’t menial tasks… these are tasks that you can’t train a burger flipper to do.

Given all that… I want the most skilled nurse treating me when I visit the hospital. I don’t want some task-cruncher giving me medications or caring for me or my family. Nurses have an incredible degree of responsibility and the skill, experience and *wisdom* to make the right decisions is paramount.

Guest
Jun 6, 2012

I feel like this is the same situation recent Law grads are facing. An overly popularized industry is now flooded with young people with degrees and no jobs to fill (atleast not the jobs with the massive salaries they had been taught to expecf from a JD).
I wonder if it would be possible for nurses to move around similar to a locum tenen? That could alleviate some of the pressure from overstaffed hospitals.
Just a thought

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samwiserRN
Jun 6, 2012

I hire RNs. Many RN schools are diploma mills surfing the healthcare bubble that crested awhile back.Students used to be dropped if they were’nt RN material.Not now.That invites a lawsuit..I am encountering new grads who practiced on dummies the entire time they were in school.Watched live patient care. The quality is way down.I speak from 40 years RN experience. When the boomers finally retire, things will not be better.The multipronged deliberate destruction of our healthcare system is in progress now.The RN situation is just one facet of the whole.

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chris1
Sep 18, 2012

Not possible in Florida and I’m not sure I believe you.
How can anyone not have hands on Pt. care ?
Where can a RN get a job with the employer knowing the RN never touched a real human.
In Fl. you a a grueling preceptorship ,which If you dont pass, you dont pass.

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atlibertytosay
Oct 20, 2012

Yes, it does happen. Most RN training programs still have the student “taking vital signs” and “watching”. This is the culture of sue happy training. I completely believe it is possible to graduate with the most minimal patient contact. I think to help that we should use the “lawyers” as the new dummies. Let’s see how many tries it takes you to get this IV?

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Renee
Dec 30, 2012

Same in CT. I call BS!

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Nurse Paula
Jun 7, 2012

Nurses should be like nurse. They should even nurse themselves.

They should keep themselves with the latest technology regarding medical science.They should also have the capability of identifying the best products.

i.e asteroidusa.com manufactures and ships the best products.For more info please visit http://www.BuySteroidsUsa.net

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samwiserRN
Jun 8, 2012

Nurse Paula sounds alot like a young angry MD,who missed the point and wasted his time.

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samwiserRN
Jun 8, 2012

Correction on further reflection.Forgive me MDs,Sounds like a typical Diploma Mill RN-notice they can’t spell much or make complete sentences.

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BeckyRN
Jun 18, 2012

I agree with Nurse Nancy – there are tons of jobs out there but they don’t want to take the time to train new nurses. I’m one of those locus tenens that RobertTX reference but we’re called travel nurses not locum tenens. I travel the country to areas in need that are unable to find nurses in their community to fill their staffing shortages. My company is always asking me if I have any nurse friends that can fill their travel nursing jobs because they have so many hospital clients looking for nurses. Granted, they are looking for registered nurses not LPNs.

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AlexRN
Jul 19, 2012

A great deal of the nursing glut has been created by the ever increasing dumbing down of registered nursing educational standards. Being a Registered Nurse no longer qualifies as a profession; instead it is now a “professional endeavour”, whatever that means. With community colleges decreasing both entry and curriculum standards for their RN programs, and for-profit “backyard” nursing schools popping up all over, an RN degree is now worth far less than it once was. The only way to begin to resolve the problem is to crack down on for-profit schools and force community colleges to greatly raise their standards and requirements.

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High Honors BSN RN
Aug 18, 2012

Disagree. My BSN program was rigorous. Years ago they did not study organic chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, and so on. What planet are you from?

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chris1
Sep 18, 2012

So the writers of the NCLEX conspired as well?
Everyone in health care has a weird attitude.
You proved it

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Handson RN
Oct 16, 2012

How do we “crack down” on these for-profit schools. I agree. I worked my a%^ off, taking classes over to get my 3.8; the new grads from for profits are an embarrassment and Im pissed.

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Renee
Dec 30, 2012

I’m from a for profit. I did NOT buy my diploma (nor did I pay the state to pass me on the boards). I took it and passed, just as you did. I’m no less or no more than you. Nor am I an embarrassment. And, to add, I’m probably more compassionate and qualified to see problems before they arise than the book smart RN. Doesn’t take someone to “retake classes to get a 3.8” for that.

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atlibertytosay
Oct 20, 2012

It depends on where you go to school AlexRN. There are certain schools who are turning away mostly A students into their BSN program. They are holding out their very few spots to give to those with all A’s, lots of service work on their resume, etc… It truly depends on the institution and the program. Auburn University is one that is extremely competitive for only the top students. There are many others. The problem is the few faculty available to teach and train the nurses.

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Emily-Nursing Student
Dec 20, 2012

Come take a look at Connecticut’s nursing schools.

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nicole
Jan 18, 2013

why conneticutʻs nursing schools. Are they easy to ge into, or not as competitive?

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TanRn
Jul 26, 2012

I’m here on the “East Coast” finding it difficult to get a job. I graduated two years ago with an AAS in nursing. When applying to jobs, everyone wanted either a BSN or years of experience or both. I decided to continue with my education right away, and also apply for jobs at the same time. I graduated last month with a BSN in nursing believing it will put me ahead of nurses who have AAS degrees in nursing.
It is NOW more difficult for me to get a job than before. Why? I was able to speak to a nursing director. She basically said she would be afraid to hire me because I haven’t had “bed side care experience in over 2 years.” This is very depressing for me because nursing has been instilled in me since I was child; Nursing was all I ever wanted to do. I’m stuck between searching for a new career or sticking it out until I have to renew my license (Renew a license in which I never used).
Nursing is such a rewarding field that I am hoping to experience and enjoy one day. In addition, not only are nursing graduates in the West experiencing some turmoil, but in every state. Something should be done about this!

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High Honors BSN RN
Aug 18, 2012

It took me 8 months of serious job searching to find my position. Don’t give up.

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Brittany
Aug 10, 2012

Im thinking of going for my AAS in spring of 2013 in chicago, but after reading these comments im now scared not getting hired after i graduate and pass the N-CLEX

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Marie Berberich
Aug 21, 2012

I grad 2 yrs ago With BSN 3.5 GPA never able to find a job upstate NY. Cannot afford to move. This is a nationwide prob. I also have prior BS biology. No one interested. Think MD we hell is right.Nursing dumbed down and you must do as you’ te told until something bad happens and then it will be your license on the line. I took a med clerical job in a hosp finally and recently saw an article in a copy of hospitalist magazine there. With affordable care act & high amounts of new pts, there will be no new hires of MD’s or nurses and no increase in # of beds. One new bed costs 1 million dollars! Instead, production will be ramped up. Each am there will be a meeting to see what pts can be discharged with least chance of lawsuit in order to free up a bed. Roll those dice baby! Craps , you lose!

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chris1
Oct 28, 2012

reply to : Marie Berberich says:
Not a nationwide problem ,party-er.
IN Fl. they (RN )are needed everywhere.
“One new bed costs 1 million dollars”
Not in Fl. , BTW How much rev will that bed produce over the decades?
“Cannot afford to move.”
A smart person ,cant even figure out how to move?
On second thought, stay in upstate NY, posting on blogs.
Some, from that area,not you of course ,have a real attitude

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Marie Berberich
Dec 19, 2012

I find you offensive. I graduated from nursing school at age 57 and am far from a “party-er” as you call it. I am now down to $60 in savings. Any meager 401-K’s I had are now gone. Being “smart” has nothing to do with lack of opportunities. I have applied everywhere within a 100 mile radius. It is not my age either, at least on paper as I received my first
bachelor’s in 2000. I have never beenpcalled for any interviews.

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TopPharmD
Aug 31, 2012

Similarly in the pharmacy fields as well. Tons of new graduates from new schools, and every task is slowly being replaced by technology. Graduated with 3.8 GPA, years of internship, tons of rec letters, but there just isn’t any new positions. Companies would rather use that money for 1 PharmD to hire 3 technicians.