Smart Ventures for Future Nursing Opportunities
It is a known fact that newly registered nurses are now faced with tough challenges of landing a job. This unprecedented tough problem is quite causing a lot of distress among nurses nowadays. Getting a nursing diploma is never easy. One need to balance studying and going on hospital duties and after graduation, licensure examination comes in as another challenging task. But the challenge does not end there, with tight competition of the nursing job market not every nurse might be able to get the paid experience they dreamed of. Matter of fact, the industry is quite fearful that not all nurses will be able to sharpen their skills and stay in field. The number of licensed nurses exceeds the current career opportunities.
Hope for New RN’s
However, this should not discourage new RN’s:
‘There is still hope as statistics showed that health care recruitment of registered nurses is predicted to increase by about 22% in 2018.’
The percentage is quite comforting as the growth of career opportunities for nurses are much faster than other occupations. Overall, this is a good job projection according to the Us Bureau of Labor Statistics. Come to think of it, once the economic problems are resolved the demand for nurses kicks back in. The current career opportunities problems are just a blip on the radar. Soon enough, more nurses are retiring leaving several vacant positions. Once this happens (starting 2018 as predicted), you should hold the qualifications to fill in the position.
Preparing New Nurses for Future Employment
Now the big question is, if the exodus of currently employed nurses retires, will be qualified to fill in that position? Of course, a nursing diploma won’t get you to land the job nor does a license in the state currently residing. You need to possess the skill beyond what nursing school offers. In the San Francisco Bay Area, CINHC partnered with Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Kaiser Permanente Fund to create a ‘New Graduate RN Transition Program.’
The program is designed to prepare new nurses to a well-prepared future in the health industry. In this program, education expansion is offered to new nurses. Trainings and other clinical opportunities are also promoted. For a more comprehensive program, training is provided to 250 RN’s randomly selected among the four regions of San Francisco Bay Area. Clinical experience required takes up a minimum of 16 hours work in a week and a classroom discussion of 8 hours weekly.
This seems to benefit new nurses by giving them knowledge and skills beyond classroom teaching. A web-based program allows them to understand more about the current trends in the profession. This is also credited as continuing education program where they can get insights from local and guest lecturers.
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