Jobs forecast for new grads

The Bad News
Despite what everyone may think, the recession does hit the nursing profession. According to USA Today, more experienced nurses are putting off retirement and working longer hours because the economy is so bad. They may be the only income in their household, and this is keeping them in their jobs for longer than the projections could have foreseen. This is creating a great deal of new grads who are coming out of school with no jobs to go to. Of course, they will be needed in the future. Those older nurses can’t work forever, but for now, they are firmly entrenched in their jobs. According to Nursezone, the western and northeastern states tend to have the most trouble placing new grads into jobs. New nurses often seek out jobs in nursing homes or home health, or just decide to ride out the economy by continuing their education. The economy is recovering, though, and healthcare will be back to a booming business any day now.

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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

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2 Responses to Jobs forecast for new grads


    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

    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!