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Website spotlight: New nurses find jobs scarce in poor economy

Nurse Leader Insider, December 6, 2010

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 30th, 2010

Mass hospital layoffs hit the news in October, and the news probably came as no surprise to recent RNs who are scouring the want ads.

Recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the number of job cuts in 2010 is keeping pace to tie or even beat the record 152 mass layoffs in 2009. Mass layoffs are designated as those that cut 50 or more employees.

The recession, however, has granted us a temporary reprieve of the nursing shortage. Across the country, hospitals are cutting back, nurses are adding more shifts or delaying retiring, and the vacancies that once gave HR recruiters grey hairs are a thing of the past (at least for now).


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