View Full Version : What jobs are going to be out there when I graduate?

Kevin Who?
12-18-2007, 07:39 AM
Okay, this has been on my mind for a while. We're hearing alot about the aging population of nurses and the Baby Boomers needing care. We're hearing about the nursing shortage and the desperate need for nurses, but in your opinion, what kind of positions are going to be available when I'm done? I have another 2-2 1/2 years until I finish my BSN. In my state, the ICU, ED and Peds jobs are all full and people looking for those positions are out of work. Personally, I want to work in a hospital environment, in some sort of critical care specialty, but I have to wonder this; When I graduate, will all of the hospital jobs be filled? Will everyone graduating be relegated to nursing homes (aging population growing etc.)? Like most men (gross assumption), I want to move and shake when I work, I don't think I would be happy in geriatrics/convalescent homes. Nothing against anyone working in one. What's the opinion from the ground?

12-18-2007, 10:57 AM
It must depend on the area you're in. I know we have positions open in critical care where I work. I would expect to have to work nights or med-surg right out of school. Med-surg is good experience right off the bat and will help you be more successful at a career in ICU or the ER. 6 mos - 1 year is even a decent amount of time to get some experience.

You could also consider being a travel RN. I'm assuming you'd need some serious experience though to do that - travel RN's at our hospital only get 3 DAYS of orientation.

I think there will be jobs when you graduate. But with almost any profession, you may have to start at the bottom and work your way up.

12-18-2007, 01:02 PM
I gotta second what Geena says -- if the market looks at all limited where you are, and you have the freedom to move, there's lots of places hurting, especially if you are at all willing to be in a more rural area you'll have tons of jobs. One advantage of a smaller hospital is that you become a lot more versatile as there aren't so many specialized wards.

kevin, if I can ask, where are you?

And I'll be good and not say anything about misconceptions about long-term care other than to say you still move alot, still need a lot of skills they're just different than those in the acute areas...and remember, unless you work peds or OB/Gyn, most of your patients ARE older, so you want to have those geri skills no matter where you go!

12-18-2007, 01:45 PM
kevin, if I can ask, where are you?

His "from" line says "The tiniest state in the union." So I'm guessing Rhode Island? Is it? What do I win??? :nurse:

Kevin Who?
12-18-2007, 05:56 PM
Geena - ding ding ding.

I fully expect to start at the bottom, you need to earn your chops. Med/surg is a great place to start, it's probably more diversified in terms of skill set. I do know that most of my patients in any specialty (with obvious exceptions) are going to be a little older, I just thrive on putting out fires and exercising me ol' noggin on the fly. :) I'm just trying to suss out where these shortages are by specialty and trying to forecast where it's going to be when I get out. It's premature anyway, but I think too much.

12-18-2007, 06:17 PM
Maybe check into your area hospitals and see if there are nurse extern programs or CNA positions open that you could work every other weekend or some evenings or something?

Being an employee already would certainly be an asset when trying to get a job as an RN. :whistle: