They were told the health care industry was the wave of the future, what with all those boomers retiring and the elderly population increasing
. But the recession is forestalling the hopes and job dreams of newly minted nurses, reports CNN
Word from the American Society of Registered Nurses tells us that 43% of nursing school students can't find work within 18 months of graduating. The blame lies, of course, at the sore, aching feet of the recession, which has prevented the retirement of nurses who would have permanently clocked out by around the age of 60 in better economic times.
"They're clogging the market and making it harder for these new RNs to get a job," says Peter Buerhaus, an economist at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee.
And while things are expected to turn in around in a few years, he assures, that's little consolation for many nurses with student loans to pay off much sooner than that.
"When the experts talk about the economy getting better, they're not talking about it improving in two or three months," said 26-year-old nursing school graduate Ronak Soliemannjad. "The process has become more and more discouraging."