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Old 06-22-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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Radiology has been saturated for years. I'm surprised people still recommend this... Even nursing is becoming saturated with fresh grad nurses... I'm afraid there is a health care worker glut... Too many bodies seeking security in this job market.

And about MAs... Unless you have a hubby bringing home some bacon, this may not be the right career for you. The pay is pretty dismal, and there is little opportunity outside of doctor's offices. I don't think many hospitals will even hire them anymore. It's good if you need to quickly start a new career, but it has some serious pitfalls beyond just the pay...

You are correct on this one.

There are a lot of people giving advice about jobs in medicine. They call it "the medical field" and just cite information from about 3 decades ago. Medicine is quite different from back then. There are no shortages. When people go in the hospital and they have to wait, it is because management shortstaffs and has less people doing more.

I would guess some posting about how many jobs in medicine there are could be from these little schools that sprang up, not the real colleges, per se, but the one pushing people through quickly and graduating like assembly lines.

Employers like this, they get a ton of new people to choose from, and heck, they can force people to train them and bring them on. Even with that, they don't have the experience that long time workers have, but the managers are looking to save money for those at the top.

The sad thing is, healthcare for the patient suffers with all of this. Yet, the constant mantra in any health facility is about patient care.

People would be best to talk to people out there, and not listen to fluff generated by those not in the professions. People would be best to stay away from "career counselors" and admission counselors. Even so-called Best Fields and Best Careers that certain big websites and news organizations are still hawking medicine as the job field "du jour".

But those in it know the truth, and know how hard it is to find work. Some new grads do make it in, but only because they will work for very low wages, some are lower than 2005 wages and no benefits.

Some hospitals will hire MA's. But I've seen surgical techs working as MAs! I've seen EMTs working like nurses in ERs. You can image the pay difference between an EMT and a nurse. But you are correct, it is a low paying field, and those are filling up too.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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I don't have to make lots of money. That is not my goal. I just want to be home with my family on weekends and evenings. My husband has a very good and stable job so money is not that important.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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I don't have to make lots of money. That is not my goal. I just want to be home with my family on weekends and evenings. My husband has a very good and stable job so money is not that important.
Pretty much anything medical field will require weekends unless you're some assistant at some office.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Pretty much anything medical field will require weekends unless you're some assistant at some office.

So working in a doctors office maybe?
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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Yes a doctors office is a great example or a dental office. Usually their weekends are minimal. But don't get me wrong I'm sure there are other jobs in a hospital that are 9-5 M-F too, you just need to look for them and be qualified
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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So working in a doctors office maybe?
Many nurses work Mon - Fri -- school nurse, occupational nurses and health nurses. Plus the doctors offices, many outpatient locations and clinics.

Even in the hospital, many hospitals have weekend nurses and the others work Mon - Fri.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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Many nurses work Mon - Fri -- school nurse, occupational nurses and health nurses. Plus the doctors offices, many outpatient locations and clinics.

Even in the hospital, many hospitals have weekend nurses and the others work Mon - Fri.

Thanks Malamute, maybe I need to look at it that way.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:00 PM
 
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The day jobs, M-F, are the easiest to fill. That is why most people are on the night shifts and/or weekends at hospitals. A lot of doctors' offices use MA's.
Again, people really want the M-F, 8-5 job, so they are hard to find. There is a lot of competition for jobs that don't have weekends, night, call, holidays in medicine.
It's not that it isn't out there, but it is hard to find. So when someone doesn't have to work, and wants family as a priority, etc., are they really going to go to school and do all the work, and get out and see what happens?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:30 AM
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If anyone thinks there's a shortage of nurses now, just wait 5 years and there'll be an even greater shortage, after additional, expected Medicaid/Medicare cuts.

A number of nurses left the field, when working in a nursing home, they upped the patient load to 30-40 patients per nurse (creating a shortage) and when that patient load increases to 50-60 patients per nurse, that will create an ever greater shortage. In a hospital, if you thought taking care of 10 acute patients was draining, wait 'til they increase the load to 15 or 20! Another nursing shortage!

Working part time as a home health care nurse is an option as well.

One of my co-workers just finished her RN training (previously 15 years as an LPN) and she can't find anything. Her reasoning: they pay so little that nurses have to work two jobs! But that's Las Vegas!
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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You could become a RN and then work a 9-5 for an insurance/healthcare company reviewing medical claims.
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