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What should new registered nurses do when they can’t find jobs? : Filipino Nurses News – Latest & Hottest News about Pinoy Nurses Worldwide

What should new registered nurses do when they can’t find jobs?

What is happening to the nursing profession worldwide?

Only a few years ago, many nursing students had multiple job offers before they graduated. But now only about one of every five graduates gets a job right away.

However, in the United States and much of North America, many industry experts believe that a nursing shortage looms on the horizon. This is because the aging population continues to grow and healthcare reform will expand coverage to more than 30 million previously uninsured people and an expected shortage of physicians will shift more work onto nurses.

In addition, about 40 percent of registered nurses or RNs in the US are over age 50. It is expected that when the economy turns around, many will retire.  The long-term forecast may be favorable, but new graduates are living in the present, and they’re faced with a tough job market. Hospital jobs – the traditional first step in a nursing career – are scarce.

So what can you do as a new nurse?  Experts believe that you have an option – to look for new places where their knowledge and skills may be needed.

In order to gain experience in the nursing profession, which helps you land a job faster in most cases, you need to take a whole new strategy in trying to get experience. It is suggested that new nurses consider long-term care or community-based programs such as home health agencies. These are good points of entry into the profession.

Other possibilities include clinical research, employee wellness programs, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Recent grads may also have a better chance of finding a job if they’re willing to look outside of the metro/urban areas. Shortages of healthcare personnel in rural areas are often acute, in fact, many of these are indigents and poor that need emergency care for their ailments.

The nursing education still has a lot of value but the profession is not that accommodating to new graduates anymore. Times are changing and that means that new grads must be creative and proactive in their job search and gain the experience they need to flourish in their nursing careers.

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