These are very interesting times in the world and in the nursing profession. We continue to read about the severe nursing shortage and how it will get even worse. And yet last week I spoke at an open house event for a NJ hospital and the majority of nurses in the audience, both new graduates and experienced nurses were unhappily unemployed.
The new graduates in this part of NJ are having difficulty finding a hospital job as outlined in my post from May 8 “Ailing Economy Easing Nursing Shortage.” But in addition to the reasons listed there, other hospitals are telling me that they need nurses but because they have staffing shortages, they cannot take on new graduates because they have no one to precept them - a catch 22 situation if I ever heard one.
Because of insurance cutbacks and other economic factors, some hospitals are closing their doors. In NJ, several hospitals just closed and many nurses were let go from their jobs. With a sudden outpouring of nurses into the marketplace, it has been very competitive.
All of the above was an unforeseen and unpredicted outcome of the current economy. And yet in other parts of the country, hospitals are still desperate for new grads and experienced nurses alike. Quite a dichotomy. What’s happening in your neck of the woods?