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Is Nursing Really Recession-Proof?

Is Nursing Really Recession-Proof?

Georgia Price

Final Thoughts

Is healthcare really recession-proof? We say “Yes.” While no industry will be totally immune to the affects of recession, it looks as if healthcare will fare the best. Of course, every region, job, and facility are different, so it’s important to take the appropriate steps to assure your job is secure.

If you are thinking about switching careers, now is a great time to go back to school for a nursing degree. Many facilities continue to offer great perks like tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness, and signing bonuses, so returning to school may be easier than ever.

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    TheBeatGoesOn

    over 5 years ago

    46 comments

    Nurses it's time to speak up to your nursing organizations and Nursing Boards in regards to this epidemic that we have in Nursing today. Where will good quality heath care come from is there are no nurses there to give it??? We must start to speak out now. I would encourage people to write their newspapers. Speak to the Media about the true situation we are all in, in this profession.
    May 6th is National Nurses Day. Speak up Nurses it's your day to say, Hey, we Love Nursing and what we went into but where can we go to practice our skills??? This is not just a nursing issue, it's a health care crisis. If there are to be bail-outs maybe our President needs to take a stronger look at health care and the Nursing Profession. Without nurses to care for the patients and residents where will we all be? What is that, about a possible Pandemic in the Swine Flu??
    Where are the Swines?? How did the Pigs get this flu passed onto you, and me??? Are we all on page here??
    If we are about Health care then where is our Florence Nightingale approach?
    It is time for all Nursing Associations to speak up and speak out on the issue of decrease in
    staffing affecting good quality patient care. We need to start petition drives if need be to be heard.
    We are the backbone of the first line of defense in sickness and disease. We are nurses at Heart
    and We do Represent the People. We are to advocate for the people. Now is the time to start advocating. It's not just about our employment, it's an over all issue of Health Care In Our Nation.

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    TheBeatGoesOn

    over 5 years ago

    46 comments

    I am currently out of work due to a decision that was made in regards to what I was told is all about mathmatics. I was told it has nothing to do with my compassion, I am a good nurse, good as a matter of fact excellent charting, good patient care, and good skills. I was let go for working to much over time in which I was asked to work. It's about mathmatics I was told.
    How is a good nurse suppose to stay employeed??? When will it be ok, to work over time if you are asked? How much overtime? Who will support and back you if you work this overtime?
    If their is no rule book in which to know how the game is played then who is safe in their job positions? What are we doing in the nursing profession??? We all need to start asking some very tough questions. Where do we go from here???

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    NurseMo

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    healthcare is not like it use to be, i listen to all the wonderful stories the nurses in my family as well as seasoned nurses tell and i am like wow i wish i was experiencing all those great things you guys talk about, i am overwhelmed in working LTC. I answer phone calls that are not physician calls or related to medical issue, i am expected to monitor the residents on top of getting med pass done in a timely matter, doctor orders, admitts, unfortunate and unexpected occurences, charting and a supervisor who enjoys spending 7.5 hours of the shift monitoring everything i do because i am a new nurse.......lol. I am grateful to be employed because i have a family that i have to support, but i have no benefits and alot of my healthcare cost is out of pocket. It is very much so overwhelming to have 101 titles behind LPN, but at times i feel like a lot of my concentration is not on learning about nursing, its more about learning how to handle 1,001 task at one so that you are so overwhelmed sooner or later you are bound to make a mistake training, although you become familiar with your patients after some time its still like i dont have a strong connection with whats what because things are thrown at you so fast, your patients health status are changing ever so often and all it takes if for you to be off one day to come back to something totally different from what you know just the day or so prior. NOT COMPLAINING JUST OVERWHELMED. On top of that the nurses are i started working with are slowly but for sure enough being layed off from the facility. So the worry of being layed off is always at the back of my mind on top of oh wow which physician is gonna have a dispositon because i had to call him over a lab that wasn't stamped critical....lol. I am a new LPN and i am so ready to start back school for my RN at least I will have a better chance,then again who knows i have been hearing of a lot of RN's here in chicago being terminated from their jobs of 20 yrs plus as well....so we are not safe from the recession

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    lucyo2

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I was working at a hospital that had lost quite a bit of money. I was there for 15 years - dedicated loyal and hard worker - not a spot on my record - terrific reviews every year. Then I made the big mistake of trying to move up the ladder and take on a policy writing project. The project got cancelled and I was laid off. So much for loyalty, they would not even offer me something else because they had a "hiring freeze" . I am leaving the area in search af a new job and place to live.

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    natalied521

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    nursing is not recession proof. My nursing school is located in a major healthcare area. THe cureent graduating class has 94 students and guess what 2 weeks ago there were no nursing jobds period. Not to mention there are 10 other programs here ADN adn BSN. that sounds like a recession to me.

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    bourdony

    over 5 years ago

    68 comments

    nursing is not recession proof. too many hospitals are using the economy as an escuse to cut back on nursing staff by freezing salaries and imposing hiring freezes . thus putting more work on the nurses already stressed and overworked. they try to justify these actions by stating that there are many out of work right now you are lucky to still have a job. we are lucky but the amount of work and demands made on us now is astronomical. its affecting care as well as our own health and well being. because we have obligations we are forced to do what ever possible to have a paycheck . many of us are so stressed its litterly affecting everything in our lives. i was recently hospitalized for two days because i could never take time to take care of myself when i first started to feel ill. on top of that i got a bill for almost 18,000 dollars for not so good care i was overcharged and also charged for services not rendered. i was sent home before i was medically and pysically ready and relaspsed. my insurance would not be effective till the end of the month i was hospiltalized. i understand that medical facilties have to watch the budget i get that but they also waste billions on things not necessary. competant nurses and doctors decently paid are needed. othewise patient care will continue to be at risk and compermised as a result. bourdony

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    MissRN2009

    over 5 years ago

    28 comments

    i think it depends on where you live.. but people will ALWAYS get sick and need professional care.. so its up in the air..

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    ccross08

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I think that the nursing profession is not recession proof. For instance, a local hospital here in AL has gone 7 million in the hole, shut down their Labor and Delivery floor, and resulted in many RNs being laid off. I have been unemployed for three months and have been licensed as an LPN since August 2008. I am in school trying to finish my RN degree and am very depressed with my set of circumstances. I worked hard to get my license and now I can't even put it to use. It's good to know that I'm not the only one going through this, though. Stay strong, nurses.

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    AMYLOU82

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    In my area nursing has been hit by the recession. I live in the Flint area and as a new grad it has been difficult to find promising job leads since the local hospitals have implemented a hiring freeze. I am remaining positive that I will find a good job but it will just take a little longer than I had expected it to.

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    Jewel27_2000

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    nursing is not recession proof or at least certain areas. i know in my hospital they havee cut back on some management. they are cutting back on number of assistant nurse managers. also heard some hospitals are on hiring freeze as well. also think my manager is trying to cut back on overtime by cutting back hours. i normally work alternating 3 and 4 day weeks but have noticed sometimes it is 3 and 3. and she has hired several new people.

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    leeglpn2rn

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I just finished school in December and obtained my RN license last month. I cannot find a job as a RN in the Orlando area and I have 23 years of LPN experience and in all that time I have never had a problem finding employment in the health field. In this day and age it is not what you know but who you know that matters.

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    nursingprogramwanted

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    I live in the bay area and a few of my friends who are new grads cannot get jobs. Kinda sucks after all the hard work and stress from nursing school:(

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    psuchristy

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been looking for a nursing job since August, I am having no luck. Lots of hospitals near me are on hiring freeze. I do believe that the recession hit the nursing profession.

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