Nursing shortage myths and misperceptions

There's been a steady stream of reports predicting a dearth of nurses in the coming years. But new nursing graduates are having a hard time finding a job in Minnesota.

  • I just graduated from Concordia College and am dating a nursing major. Many of my good friends are nursing majors, but only a few are males. It seems that my male friends have had an easier time getting jobs in their field, especially in the Twin Cities. Is this a trend across the country or just a local thing? Is it a trend at all?
  • I've worked as a nurse for more than two decades, and I've worked with senior nursing students who are shut out of a job market that requires experience. One problem is that it costs so much to train a newly hired nurse, and of course it costs more to train a new grad, and there is no guarantee the new hire will stick around. We perpetually work short-staffed while students are looking for jobs; we hire experienced nurses, we orient them to our unit, a process that costs tens of thousands of dollars, and then the new hires leave for another job. I'm not sure what the solution is, perhaps a contract that requires new hires to stay on the job for a specified number of years after orientation.
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