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New Nurses Report Tougher Job Market

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2014

"If you look at the data, most of them still all got jobs. At NYU our graduates have the highest average salaries than any of the other schools at NYU including the business school," she says. "People that aren't in the sciences, a lot of them work in publishing. A lot of them are unemployed, I don't know for NYU in particular, but in general, liberal arts graduates have a more difficult time finding jobs. So nursing is still a great job opportunity, but it is not as great as it was."

Fewer Hospital, ICU Jobs for New Nurses
As in past years, most NLRNs began their nursing careers in hospitals. However, that percentage dropped for the 2010–11 cohort, with 77.4% of the NLRMs finding jobs in hospitals, compared with 88.8% in the 2004–05 cohort. Of those in the 2010–11 cohort 13.5% were more likely to work in a magnet hospital compared with 10.3% of the 2004–05 cohort.

They are also less likely to work in intensive care units (18% in the 2004–05 cohort, compared with 11.6% in 2010–11) and more likely to be working part-time as a nurse (10.5% in 2010–11, compared with 7.8% for 2004–05), the survey found.

Kovner finds this movement away from hospital work for NLRNs over the past several years one of the more "telling" parts of the survey, but it's not quite clear exactly what the data is saying. Does this trend reflect the move toward lower inpatient volumes and toward outpatient services?

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