Nurses Are Talking About: Jobs for New Grads

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS

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December 12, 2011

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"The old nurses need to retire and make room for us!"

A little harsh and perhaps politically incorrect, but it is what many new grads without jobs are thinking. The huge bubble of baby boomer nurses who were supposed to retire and create a huge nursing shortage are continuing to work, often because a spouse has lost his or her job and the paycheck is needed. Older nurses who might have cut back on their hours aren't doing so, and many are delaying retirement indefinitely.

Still, the suggestion that these older nurses should get out of the way so that new grads can have their jobs didn't sit well with many readers:

"We 'old nurses' have commitments too, and our need for a job is as just as important as yours. Apparently you are not really aware of the financial impact that this economy has had on people's nest eggs. I will retire when it is time; but I am not going to roll over and play dead to please you."

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