There’s desperation in the nursing industry. But who’s desperate?
Hospitals or new nurses?
A recent headline touted “Nursing Industry Desperate to Find New Hires” (AP, 1-05-09). According to the news report, nurse recruiters are so frantic to fill the gaping job vacancies they are bribing nurses with lavish giveaways: champagne parties, one-year vehicle leases, vacation getaways, gas cards, TVs, GPS devices, and shopping sprees.
Imagine landing the job of your dreams as well as bagging such loot to boot!
If your jaw dropped—you’re not alone.
At RealityRN we’ve noticed a desperation of another kind: nurses tirelessly searching for jobs with not an interview in sight.
RealityRN member Kathy, from Houston, posted, “I bet everyone was told after nursing school that there would be job lined for you. However, for the past three months I have not been employed.” Another RealityRN member posted, “My friends are stuck working non-nursing jobs because no one wants to hire new grads.”
According to RealityRN Senior Advisor, Amy Morton-Miller, RN, APRN, BC, “I have heard both sides of the ‘desperation’ scenario. There’s definitely difficulty actually getting a position, especially for new grads. With many hospitals caught in the economic crisis, some are instituting hiring freezes. At least two hospitals in my area [Chicago] have been ‘bought out’ by new conglomerates.
“My advice to those seeking positions is to keep checking back, if at first they are turned away. Things may change in the next four to six months.”
We want to hear from you.
Who’s desperate—recruiters or new grads? Are recruiters rolling out the red carpet to entice nurses in your area? How long have you been looking for a job? What tactics are you employing to get your foot in the door?