Website spotlight: Nursing employment market looking up

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 28, 2011

The stagnant nursing job market is set to pick up in 2011, according to recent reports. After suffering through layoffs, hiring freezes, and new grad unemployment, the news about nursing jobs is about to become more "normal." In nursing, that means a return to plentiful job openings, new graduate nurses in high demand (especially those with baccalaureate degrees), and renewed concern about the nursing shortage.

Healthcare has been one of the few areas of the economy that has seen steady job creation in the last few months, although nursing has continued to feel the pinch. Many nurses delayed retirement due to decimated retirement funds and concern over spouse' incomes. Despite the official end of the recession, high unemployment rates for the country continued in 2010, leading many nurses to pick up extra shifts or even return to the profession due to spouses' job losses or poor job prospects.

As the economy improves, these nurses will be able to plan their retirement, decrease shifts, or leave the profession entirely. In addition, healthcare growth and expansion will see new RN positions added. New graduate nurses should see an end to the difficulties they have faced in finding employment, particularly in California and the Northeast.

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