Update: As of October 30, 2013, the job market seems to be easing. click here to get to an updated blog.
note: be sure to click on the hypertext links, they are either underlined or else in a different color, and BTW you can also find the surprise
Is this really news?
The Honolulu Advertiser Sunday April 28th, 2013 edition included an article on page D-1 titled Nurses Wait for Jobs. (as of 2014 this is a year old…)
The subtitle? recent graduates end up competing for a few positions in an “oversaturated” market.
Here is the link, but there is a warning – The Honolulu Star-Advertiser will ask you to buy a subscription in order to read it. Bummer. It is well-written though.
In summary, the Honolulu article describes the recent closure of Hawaii Medical Center East & West, the number of currently registered nurses who are working in jobs that do not a require an RN, the predictions of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing, and the statistic from one of the major hospital groups that they now have 150 recently-graduated RNs on the payroll in non-nursing positions. This latter effort is admirable but it makes you wonder how long it can be sustained.
The article tries to end on a hopeful note, saying that in a year or two things will be better.
National Student Nurses Association
It’s important to get a feel for whether this is just a collection of stories or not. Here is some data.
There is a quarterly publication of the National Student Nurses Association named “Dean’s Notes” and their Jan 2013 issue focused on the results of a nationwide survey of new graduates that showed a lot of info about this very subject. click here to find the URL – go to “Jan 13 issue” and it will appear by magic.
UPDATE May 17 – one of the Universities is offering a refresher course in clinical skills this summer for those RNs not employed in the RN role. I think this is a great idea for keeping skills sharp.
I am very curious to know my reader reactions on this subject. please feel free to comment.