43% of new grad nurses cannot find jobs…

http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/14/news/economy/nursing-jobs-new-grads/index.html?iid=HP_LN&hpt=hp_t2

Want to end this problem?

Send back all of the H1B nurses.

you will see an abundance of jobs for nurses and other health care professionals: Clinical lab scientists, x ray techs and more.

There was never — repeat, never — a nursing shortage.  The bulk of nurses come from the Philippines and hospitals have been importing visaed health care workers for years.

This has been going on since the very late Seventies. I saw this in 1979 when I began my clinical year as a student med tech (now called clinical lab scientists). I have never liked imported help; we have plenty of our own grads that we can hire. I don’t know if hospitals get an incentive for importing visaed employees, but i do know this: they are a very reticent bunch. When the raises were minimal or not at all, they never complained…

And most of them have 2 full time jobs!

There was a med tech who worked 7-3 in our lab and then had a full time 4-12 job at another hospital in the city. 

ANother reason why visaed help helps us not:

They do not benefit our economy. THey do not become citizens; they send their money home. It’s not invested in anything stateside.

There is no nursing shortage and American trained nurses cannot find jobs, yet more and more programs are opening and the schools that have programs are busily packing in droves of new students.

3 thoughts on “43% of new grad nurses cannot find jobs…”

  1. This is a problem with many jobs where there is a “shortage” but really isn’t. Another one that the president keep saying has a shortage is engineers but yet I have known a few who were unemployed years. Why? because of visaed workers. The reality that those of us unemployed know is that in most fields there is no shortage at all, but rather that employers want to hire foreigners. There are unemployed scientists, computer programmers, people in technical fields (I am one)and so forth because we are importing extra workers.

  2. Part of it is that employers expect to–and get away with–paying much lower wages than in the past. There was a piece a few months ago on 60 Minutes about manufacturing jobs that were going unfilled. But the company was paying $12/hour for work requiring some knowledge of trigonometry, and the CEO was expecting the local government to do much of his training for him. Meanwhile, orlder workers who might already know this stuff, who got maybe $25/hour before their factory closed, are shut out.

    Another thought is that even professional jobs like nursing and engineering have been overtaken by process. My mother was a nurse, years ago. Part of the job, back then, was to help people feel better, talking with them and boosting their morale, in addition to the medical tasks. But that has gone by the boards, and now going to a hospital seems like the next best thing to going to jail.

    Engineering is the same way. It isn’t about solving problems anymore: it’s about following the process. And when a particular problem requires some actual technical judgement, you hire some old-school greybeards as consultants. It’s good for the bottom line, but it does very little to develop the next generation of engineers.

    It’s not so much the visaed workers themselves, but that their presence facilitates the modern business grind of lower wages and lower skills.

  3. I’d also question the programs that the nursing students entered. Unless the program was attached to a hospital, I wouldn’t expect them to get their clinical practice. There was some reporting on the nursing program offered by the University of Phoenix, which allegedly graduated people with a bachelor of science in nursing with no clinical practice at all. It was all theory.

    Another problem is that people are not leaving the field fast enough. For a long time, people left nursing or went to part-time work while they were raising their families. Schools are admiiting people to a nursing program expecting them to leave in 5-10 years, when they might work straight through.

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