The situation is so concerning to nursing authorities in California that several organizations combined to conduct a study to examine the situation of new grads in its state. Along with the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care CINCH, the survey included the California Board of Registered Nursing, California Student Nurses Association, Association of California Nurse Leaders, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, and the UCLA School of Nursing.
Last week, CINHC released its findings. Forty-three percent of nurses who graduated in the state between May 2009 and March 2010 reported being unable to find work as RNs. Among the more than 1,000 survey respondents, the most common reasons given for not finding an RN job were:
"The unexpected difficulty that new RNs are having in finding employment is now California's most pressing workforce issue," said Deloras Jones, RN, MS, executive director of the CINHC, which coordinated the survey, in a press release. "After several years of investing in building the workforce and increasing nursing program educational capacity, the new graduate hiring dilemma threatens to undermine the progress that has been made."
Of those new nurses who were able to find a job, 45% of respondents said it took less than three months to get a job and 26% said it took three to six months to find their first nursing job.