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Jobs forecast for new grads

The Future
Never fear, intrepid nurse graduate! The future of nursing looks bright indeed. Even though times are rough now, the long-term predictors for nursing are just about solid gold. Even U.S. News and World Report has named nursing as one of its top 50 careers. You haven’t gone wrong by getting into this field. You may just have to look a bit harder at this time to find the job of your dreams. A few things are for certain: The population is aging, medical technology is progressing at a rapid rate and there will always be medicine. You may have to stick it out in a nursing home for a while. Many jobs are available in these facilities. You may have to pursue a higher degree of education. More highly educated nurses are in even greater demand. On the whole, though, you will find a job if you look hard enough. Don’t chuck that crystal ball across the room just yet.

References:
Bureau of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook; 2011
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm

Nursezone; Forecast for 2011: Outlook for Nursing Jobs Shows Promise; January 2011
http://www.nursezone.com/Nursing-News-Events/more-news/Forecast-for-2011-Outlook-for-Nursing-Jobs-Shows-Promise_36006.aspx

USA Today; Job outlook brightens for new grads, but barely; June 2010
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2010-06-11-college-graduate-jobs_N.htm

U.S. News and World Report; Best Careers: Registered Nurse; December 2010
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-registered-nurse

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Lynda Lampert

Lynda Lampert is a registered nurse and a certified third shift worker. She has worked with many different patient populations, including post-op open heart, post-op gastric bypass, active chest pain, congestive heart failure, poorly controlled diabetics and telemetry 'wonders'. She now focuses all of her effort on educating the populace -- both the nursing world and the normal folk -- through her web writing. She hopes one day to publish another romance novel, travel to England and become a web rock star. She feels she is on her way . . . mostly. You can learn more about Lynda and her work at lyndalampert.com.
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2 Responses to Jobs forecast for new grads

  1. terkanianc@yahoo.com

    I was a nurse in the 80′s and 90′s. It was a hard thankless job at times, but I loved working with patients. Loved seeing people get well. Wanted nothing but to do a good job. Nursing in those days was undermined by beliefs that nurses are their own worse enemies. We go after each other over piety issues. We drag all of our drama from home to work. I did not subscribe to that way of thinking. Sorry to say it was the people in the profession that finally drove me out. I went from hosp. to home health. Same issues different setting. I pray things will change for the coming generations who choose NSG as a profession. There is enough stress in that job. Time that nurses lookout for each other. Good luck to all.

  2. kaulenbach LPN

    I have been an LPN for more than 20 years, have been unemployed for 8 months. Other than ped. in home care, NO ONE is hiring. My advice to LPN students: if you can afford it, go get your BSN! I regret not pursuing a BSN, but didn’t have the money to do so and still don’t!