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I just graduated with a BSN (bachelor’s of science in nursing) and I just started looking at the job market - and boy it’s bleak. New grad nursing jobs are few and far between. I’ve gotta say that I sure was tricked by my professor who pretty much assured us all we’ve got jobs waiting for us when we first enrolled in school.
Oh, the job market will be wide open by then! The opportunities are immense! The demand is through the roof! There won’t be enough registered nurses to fill all of the demand, your salaries will be huge! Even starting nurses will be in demand! Yea… right.
I naively expected to get placement once I finished my courses, what a mistake that was. Most of the graduates from three months ago have found residencies, but not all. As for those graduating with me this month – no such luck. I skipped the job fairs and networking meetings, all because I thought I had it coming to me. Boy, was I wrong (have I said that already?)… I surely was.
What’s frustrating is that all of the RN’s at our local hospital are begging for help. They’re almost all getting loads of overtime, but it seems like the staff there would rather have lots of overtime than take a risk hiring fresh meat per se. New grads have to be trained, and that costs time and money. I understand that, but I don’t understand why they’d rather be so severely understaffed as they currently are now.
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