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Old 07-08-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"I know a couple new grads who are having a really hard time finding acute care jobs"
....I can understand that. Acute/critical care is probably one of the toughest areas in nursing...you have to think quickly, assess your patients needs and act accordingly. I'd wager 1 in 20 new grads have the critical assessment skills to be able to work in this fast paced arena. As an ED, would you hire a new grad or a seasoned Critical Care Nurse ?
Two Denver hospitals have just announced huge expansion plans, plus the new VA facility...maybe the job market will improve soon.

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Old 07-08-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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"I know a couple new grads who are having a really hard time finding acute care jobs"
....I can understand that. Acute/critical care is probably one of the toughest areas in nursing...you have to think quickly, assess your patients needs and act accordingly. I'd wager 1 in 20 new grads have the critical assessment skills to be able to work in this fast paced arena. As an ED, would you hire a new grad or a seasoned Critical Care Nurse ?
Two Denver hospitals have just announced huge expansion plans, plus the new VA facility...maybe the job market will improve soon.

Regards
Gemstone1
Acute care is generally defined as hospital in-patient nursing. That's where all us "old timers" were advised to start out. It's not necessarily ICU or ED. I know one new grad who's having a heck of a time finding a job in Denver, and one who's having trouble in Chicago. It's a jungle out there.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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My daughter who has been a charge nurse in a small hospital, and has done it all with lots of experience in all areas of a small hospital, wants to move to Colorado (Ft. Collins). I've always thought nurses (RN with a 4 year degree) would have an easy time finding full time jobs. It is looking like from this forum that it is not. Why?
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My daughter who has been a charge nurse in a small hospital, and has done it all with lots of experience in all areas of a small hospital, wants to move to Colorado (Ft. Collins). I've always thought nurses (RN with a 4 year degree) would have an easy time finding full time jobs. It is looking like from this forum that it is not. Why?
Because there are many others like her. My advice to her would be to move to Denver, where there are more nursing opportunities.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island (Splash!)
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That's not the only reason. Many, many hospitals are in a financial crunch. They are looking to contain rising costs and have to deal with Wall Street investment losses whereas in the past investments padded their bottom lines rather than decreased their bottom lines.

Many medical facilities are in a bad budget crunch and are actually reducing hours, laying off workers and making workers do more work for the same pay. (And needless to say they are not hiring new people either.)
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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That's not the only reason. Many, many hospitals are in a financial crunch. They are looking to contain rising costs and have to deal with Wall Street investment losses whereas in the past investments padded their bottom lines rather than decreased their bottom lines.

Many medical facilities are in a bad budget crunch and are actually reducing hours, laying off workers and making workers do more work for the same pay. (And needless to say they are not hiring new people either.)
True, but it's always been this way for CO. At least, the last 30 years have been tight for nursing jobs here.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:57 AM
 
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A lot of people have flooded into nursing programs as a place to secure a job. In my area, there were some 600 applicants for 60 seats in one community college program, and they had a lot of tight pre-req classes, too.
My own hospital (here in Mass.) went from 350 beds to 160 beds in the 1990s. I've worked many places around the city and this is one of two still open since those days. I imagine the situation is the same elsewhere.
My hospital (a big psych hospital) likes to hire new grads because they're cheaper. These new grads have said they and their recent classmates have a lot of trouble getting jobs in acute care places.
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