Higher degrees in nursing make graduates more desirable in competitive workforce
Loyola press release - October 27, 2010
According to an article in Nurse.com, new nursing graduates across the country report difficulty finding jobs despite a widely held belief that nursing was a “recession-proof” profession. The National Student Nurses Association surveyed 2009 and 2010 new graduates, and more than 40 percent of respondents said they had not found a nursing job by midsummer.
Diane J. Mancino, R.N., Ed.D., CAE, executive director of the NSNA, says associate degree nurses are having the hardest time finding entry-level positions. “Vacancies, when they do exist, are often filled first with BSN grads.”
Nursing leaders and educators say going back to school to receive advanced degrees in nursing may be the answer for many who are having difficulty finding jobs in this sluggish economy.
“This period is an optimal opportunity to get ahead of pent-up demand for advanced practice nurses that will reveal itself very shortly due to healthcare reform and an improving economy. We will need a rapid increase in doctoral faculty at the same time,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., A-CCC, director of the School of Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans.
Cary says large numbers of nurse practitioners will be needed to fill gaps in primary care left by an increasing shortage of doctors, a problem that would intensify if Congress extends health insurance to millions more Americans. Most states require nurse practitioners to obtain a master's degree in nursing, but education and training requirements vary.
As nursing shortages plague hospitals across the country, Loyola University New Orleans continues to produce highly skilled nurses with advanced degrees, educated in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, critical thinking and service to the community, which makes them even more marketable to the medical community.
Loyola offers bachelors and masters degree programs in nursing, as well as the newly implemented Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, which enrolled its first flight of students this summer. Early enrollment in the DNP program’s next class ends Nov. 1.
To learn more about programs at Loyola University’s School of Nursing or to apply, go to http://css.loyno.edu/nursing or call 504-865-3142.