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Recession keeps shortage in the shadows

The recession has presented a peculiar silver lining for the healthcare industry by slowing retirement plans for a generation of nurses. Their departure from the profession could further deepen the industry’s chronic nursing shortage. (Miami Herald)

Now that there’s talk of an economic recovery, does this mean the shortage is closer than we think?  And by shortage, we mean…jobs…??

The demand among potential nursing school students is still outpacing the supply of spots available at nursing school programs throughout the country.  And current nursing school grads are eagerly trying to land their first jobs.  In this climate, it seems a ‘shortage’ never sounded so good as students and new grads are banking on this silver lining to gradually fade away.

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7 Responses to Recession keeps shortage in the shadows

  1. Sindiswa Michel

    I don’t think they will ever be any shortages bearing in mind that those nurses who graduated as early as 2007 can not find a job.

  2. dimimak

    talk of a recovery? that’s all it is. doctors/hospitals/execs are like deer in the headlights, they know they are in the political crosshairs of govt.

  3. HoustonNurse

    Where are these unemployed nurses looking for work? There are more jobs then there are nurses to fill them. I go to work and find that we work short more often then we work full staffed. And that isn’t just where I work… that is everywhere. There is a nursing shortage…. and it has not gotten any better since 1999. Those must be some very lazy nurses if they can not find a job. That or a heavily population of nurses in that area.

  4. Anon

    HoustonNurse, please with the name-calling, it’s not nice. There are nursing shortages in states with no patient ratios or poor union protections and lower pay. Still, applicants from other states are willing to move to Texas but need to get a license before applying there, and once they do, managers are often reluctant to hire people from out-of-state who might not follow through with a long-distance relocation. And yes, there is a heavy population of unemployed new grads in many states from CA to OH, which means that there is not a shortage of nurses in those states. In CA even many experienced nurses are now unemployed.

  5. NewLVN

    There is actually a nursing shortage in CA. Everywhere I look there is call for nurses but no where has the time or funding to hire and train new grad nurses. I graduated late in 2009 which means I’ve had my license since early 2010 and I’ve been looking HARD. I’ve applied to 100’s of positions and been told the same thing. They have to hire nurses that only require orientation in the place, they can’t afford the time or to spare a nurse to train them. I am not lazy, I am otherwise employed & have been volunteering & shadowing nurses I know to gain experience.

  6. MaryAnn

    Working as a med tech, EMT, or in a hospital or clinic in almost any position will add to your resume and your knowledge of the “culture” that gives you an edge. Presenting a resume and a convincing argument that you are interested in and knowledgable of many aspects of the job will help. Shadowing and volunteering give you visibility and resources to find job openings. Gives you a chance to show your commitment to your profession, your reliability, and willingness to learn! Hang in there!!

  7. MaryAnn

    Working as a med tech, EMT, or in a hospital or clinic in almost any position will add to your resume and your knowledge of the “culture” that gives you an edge. Presenting a resume and a convincing argument that you are interested in and knowledgable of many aspects of the job will help. Shadowing and volunteering give you visibility and resources to find job openings. Graduating , even with honors, means less than showing up on time, learning your job and presenting yourself as a dedicated self starter means more. Take CE classes that interest you and may be useful in your desired position if your budget allows. It gives you a chance to show your commitment to your profession, your reliability, and willingness to learn! Hang in there!!

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