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Nursing Graduates Finding Tougher Job Market
Monday, July 06, 2009 at 2:36:00 PM
New nursing school graduates are having an unusually tough time finding jobs after years of efforts to recruit people to the profession.
Experts continue to warn of a looming shortage of nurses in Iowa and across the nation. And some nursing schools are touting the profession as a safe alternative for workers who have been laid off from other careers.
But for the moment, at least, nursing jobs - like jobs in dozens of other fields - are relatively scarce...
From Des Moines Register: Nursing Graduates Finding Tougher Job Market
...Many hospitals have cut back on their hiring. Administrators say their finances are slipping, partly because recession-struck Iowans are delaying medical procedures, and because fewer patients have insurance to pay hospital bills. Also, experts say, fewer veteran nurses are retiring or cutting back on their hours....
...A recent national study found that the overall number of registered nurses has continued to increase during the recession, but that many veteran nurses either returned to the work force or delayed retirement because of the economy. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, said the trends could give the appearance that the nurse shortage has disappeared in some areas of the country. But it warned that a shortage is likely to reappear and worsen in coming years....