SDW news brief: New California RNs struggle to find work

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 18, 2012

A recent survey conducted by the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare found that 43% of nearly 1,500 newly licensed registered nurses (RN) in California did not have a nursing job within 18 months of graduating. Of the nurses who were not working at the time of the survey, 92% noted that they were told they lacked the necessary experience, and 80% indicated that they would be willing to participate in an unpaid internship to gain that experience. Additionally, 54% of the nurses not working were told that no jobs were available, and 42% were told that a bachelor's degree was preferred or required.

Last November, a state forecast reported on what appears to be a surplus of RNs in California, and predicted that the trend would continue if RN graduations remained at existing levels and older nurses continued delaying retirement. However, the forecast also cautioned that a shortage could occur if graduations decline as potential RN students are discouraged by a lack of job prospects.

Source: Mercury News

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