There seems to be a shortage of nursing jobs, as opposed to a shortage of nurses, for the time being. I am receiving many, many e-mails from both new graduates and experienced nurses who want to reenter the nursing work force but are finding traditional hospital nursing jobs in short supply. And while I cannot answer everyone’s e-mails personally I did want to provide some resources here.
For starters, there are many alternate care settings where patients are seriously ill and require complex care. These include acute rehab, long term acute care (LTAC), and even some long-term rehab facilities. Even some traditional long-term care facilities have an average length of stay of 30 days and have patients of all ages with varying medical conditions. Check them out.
Then there’s out-patient hemodialysis (do an Internet search to find these companies), correctional health in prisons and juvenile detention centers, home care infusion therapy and hospice and so much more. Read The RN Jobs Squeeze and New Nurse, New Job Strategies. And be sure to read The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses www.dcardillo.com for in-depth self-marketing, job finding, networking skills, and how to find the right nursing job for you.
And for those of you reentering nursing, read Reentering the Job Market
Some additional tips for new grads: Thriving in a Challenging Job Market