I have been going through the heartbreaking experience of being a new grad. I have less than one or two years of experience of floor nursing, and regardless of my CV, I have been rejected for open positions. Ive learned that new grad is a bad word.
We need to nurture, not eat or abuse, our new generation of nurses. Hospitals pride themselves on opening new grad or Versant programs where six positions are open and 6,000 have applied. Its a bottleneck that threatens nursing and makes nursing education fraudulent.
Anne M. Judson, RN, BSN, PHN, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Editors note: For information on the nursing shortage, read the Sept. 10 article Jobs outlook (www.Nurse.com/Article/JobsOutlook). Visit www.Nurse.com/Jobs for a listing of RN jobs across the country broken down by specialty.