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Monday March 24, 2014
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I strongly agree with the article “Newly licensed RNs report having fewer job opportunities" (www.Nurse.com/Article/RN-Work-Insights). I graduated from a two-year program and wish I knew how hard it would be to become employed. My program promised to help us get jobs, but the only help we received were job fair ads that I could have gotten on my own, or ads we did not qualify because of our lack of a BSN.

To be blatantly honest, the reason these two-year programs exist is because other educational institutions are making it harder for students to even get into their programs. Many students including myself turned to smaller programs or private schools to speed up the process. I might have gotten my license quicker, but it didn’t get me employed any quicker.

Money is a large factor to consider, too. Most of these two-year programs are easier to get into, but are extremely pricey.

Do I agree that having a BSN makes you a better nurse? Skill-wise, no. I do have to say so far the BSN program has taught me how to better deal with certain situations with which I may be confronted. Also, it helps with knowledge of current events or even client backgrounds that may have not been important to me before. Management and teamwork is very important in a BSN program, which can benefit a nurse.

There are two main reasons why nurses cannot find jobs: not enough experience and not graduating from a BSN program. Is that the fault of new grads? Not necessarily. Most new graduates, including myself at the time, felt and were told we could still get jobs, and the job could help reimburse us.

How can a new nurse gain experience if there is no opportunity given? I might add that some older and employed nurses think some new nurses do not want entry-level positions, when actually even entry-level positions are hard to get. Personally I tried to get a job anywhere I could and was denied due to the two reasons I stated.

As I speak, I work part-time with one year of experience as a home care nurse, not in a hospital. I am fine with that, but there are some nurses who do want to work in a hospital. Is that wrong?

It can be very frustrating for a new nurse to jump this hurdle, and I can still say I am part of this group; the only difference is I am employed part time. Some employers will give you time to go to school with reimbursement — most will not provide reimbursement — which usually cuts into your schedule. But because we need to have our BSN we have to sacrifice. It would be great if it were easier for an ADN, but at this time only time can tell.

— Roseline Sawyerr, RN
Staten Island, N.Y.


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