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New Nurses Find Jobs Scarce in Poor Economy

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 30, 2010

For those who couldn't find work as an RN, 28% had been looking for an RN position for three to six months; 28% for six to nine months; 15% for nine to 12 months, and 20% had been looking longer than 12 months.

The danger, of course, is that if too much time elapses, these nurses will find jobs in other areas, perhaps abandoning nursing entirely, and be unavailable when acute care's needs rise once more.

Interestingly, when asked about their interest in participating in unpaid internships, 85% reported interest. The main reason given was the opportunity to increase skills and competence, but the new grads also mentioned exposure to employers and the chance to improve their resumes as benefits. This could be a way for cash-strapped organizations to retain connections and build relationships until situations improve.


Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at rhendren@hcpro.com.
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Tim McInerney (12/1/2010 at 12:36 PM)
Hospitals created a lot of payroll additions thru Sep this year, a rate of job creation that is more than double that for the same period in 2008(BLS). There's no reluctance in searching for and hiring nurses in the hospitals we see.