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Nursing remains a recession-resilient career

  Vanderbilt University study shows nursing demand remains high

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 at 4:24:00 PM


A recent Vanderbilt University study showed that nursing demand remains high, even in this difficult recession...

The study was performed by Dr. Peter Buerhaus, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies in the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health.

Buerhaus and his team collected registered nurse workforce data from 2002 through 2007 showing increases of 228,986 full-time nurses in hospital settings and 136,779 in non-hospital settings during that time. Data from 2007 shows nurse wages decreased by 1.7 percent, which correlates to the economic slowdown that started in late 2007. With unemployment rates anticipated by many experts to increase by 8 to 9 percent by year’s end, nursing still emerges as a more resilient career compared to most others.

But more nurses are carrying larger responsibilities among their families because of the recession. “Seventy percent of nurses are married,” said Buerhaus. “This increases the pressure for RNs to work because they may very well be the sole breadwinner in the household.”

His previous research projected a nursing shortage of 800,000 to 1 million by 2020. However, based on current trends, the nation will have 285,000 empty nursing positions by 2020, growing to 500,000 by 2025. “Increasingly, the projected nursing shortage is viewed as much as a quality and safety problem as it is a workforce problem,” said Buerhaus. “There is no way possible that our health care system could function without a half million nurses.”

Enrollment demand at universities remains high as well..

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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.......

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Job Search Strategies for the Web

Monday, August 01, 2005 at 12:00:00 AM


So you’re ready to search for a job, and target your next career step. There are a number of resources available to you on the Internet, and by using them strategically you can have success.

Keep in mind, however, that the ease of applying for a job via a submit button has also made it easier for your peers as well, and has made it more difficult for you to differentiate yourself from the competition. This is amplified in today's difficult job seeker's market.

Then how do I use the Internet as a resource for my job search effectively? First, let’s discuss several of the resources available to you.

Job Boards


Generally the niche job boards such as hireRx.com and hireBio.com are more targeted to your industry than the general job boards such as Monster or HotJobs. They allow you to highlight important industry experience and skills.
In addition, recruiters in very specialized fields such as biotech, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and biology may be more likely to search these resume databases than those on the larger, more general boards.

When posting your resume on a job board, read the privacy policy to ensure your email address doesn’t end up being sold to third-parties. Speaking of email addresses, you should have an email dedicated solely to your job search. It’ll look better to potential empl...

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