Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Ah the new "baby" grads. Where are they you ask? They're looking for jobs!
I know it is hard to believe. One would think that being a new grad during a pandemic would mean automatic job placement. The exact opposite is happening.
A little back ground. When I graduated in 2009 right after the recession of 2008, hospitals were not hiring new graduate nurses. If you knew a CEO, maybe a nurse manager, or worked in a hospital as a CNA you had a chance. Even then it took time.
Why aren't the hospitals hiring new graduate nurses? The very simple answer is money. It costs a lot to train a new graduate nurse. You can't just throw a new nurse in the ICU or ER. They'll drown. In fact even a well established nurse with no experience in critical care, needs A LOT of training.
Here is the even bigger problem. YOU (hospitals) are burning out the nurses working critical care.
Nurses are not robots, they need help, and they're begging for it. Does that mean paying less for new graduate nurses during orientation time? Maybe? Does that mean pairing nurses together for a period of time until they are trained to the best of their ability? Maybe?
When MD's go through residency they make significantly less than the attending. They get a wonderful training program, which allows them to grow as physicians, and in the end they chose a specialty.
Nurses are not doctors, but they are not warm bodies filling space either. New Graduates are begging to work, striving to learn, and eager to achieve.
Lets figure out something before you lose the amazing nurses you have, and the nursing school enrollment drops because job placement is lacking. Enough is enough.
One day you will NEED the new grads and they will be no where to be found.
Written by: Tiana Morano