nursing shortage

Topics: Nursing, Nurse, Nursing shortage / Pages: 2 (436 words) / Published: Sep 27th, 2013
I currently live in Dallas Texas, I graduated nursing school may 2012, being last year, I did not get my first job until about October 2012, I applied to all the hospitals in the area, I was not able to secure an employment with any hospitals around. Whenever I called these hospitals to see about the status of my application, I was always told that I don 't currently have the experience that they are looking for. I asked the management if there was a program for new graduates that I could enroll in to at least get my foot in the door, I was told they did but they only accepted about 10 students twice every year. Community colleges in my area accept about 120 students twice a year, plus universities in the area also produce even a larger amount of students every semester. If these students graduate and hospitals only accept about 10 students to train two times in a year, how and were are the rest of the graduates supposed to get jobs or experience. This baffles me quite a bit because I have friends that we graduated together last year and still do not have jobs. Well if it’s taking me about six months to a year to secure an employment then i think I might be looking for another field to explore

I was told that, if you would like to secure an easy employment in hospitals, that one should sign up for the hospital 's volunteer programs, I was told by the volunteer program manager that they were currently full and most of the volunteers they have are all students trying to eventually secure jobs at those hospitals.

It seems like there are so many problems that are unique to different part of the country. In my area, there are so many nurses, especially new graduates, there are also so many positions every day that I see open at hospitals? Why are these positions not being filled? Why is there lack of training of new graduates? Is it due to lack of funding? Or poor management?
While reading from the article “7 myths about the nursing shortage” Aiken, L. (2006),



References: Aiken, L. (2006). Nurses: 7 myths about the nursing shortage. Iowa Nurse Reporter, 19(4), 17

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