"I don't think so, but I haven't looked carefully at the number of occupied beds in those two time periods," she says. "Fewer baccalaureate graduates are getting jobs in hospitals than they were six years ago, but still way more on a percentage basis of baccalaureate graduates are working in hospitals compared with associate degree graduates in their first job."
And there does appear to be more interest in pursuing advanced degrees among the NLRNs, as 16.6% of them reported that they were enrolled in a formal education program compared with 11.4% in the earlier cohort.
"I don't know what that is going to mean long term," she says. "I don't know whether people did that because they were having difficulty getting a job or they could only get a part time job. A lot of the associate degree graduates are going back to school to get a bachelor's degree. I don't know about baccalaureate graduates and what they are planning to do. A lot depends upon the job opportunities. If you can work at an outpatient department and help people take care of their chronic illness as a registered nurse, which I believe you can, they may choose to do that."