BobCostas wrote:Well what I've learned about nursing is that they are constantly being replaced.
Say you have 10 nurses working at a private clinic, they're being replaced with 1-2 nurse practitioners and 10+ 2-year medical assistant grads. This is cost effective for the clinic, as they have lower overall costs but don't experience that significant of a drop-off in service. This is becoming fairly common. Perhaps if the increased demand for medical services goes as predicted the demand for nurses will increase, but I've heard that things aren't in great shape currently.
Anyways, I have no desire to be a nurse. As far as law school, I've read the NY times article and a bunch of the blogs, if anyone has additional links, perhaps with more a quantitative approach and ones that don't focus on T4 grads who lived a lavish lifestyle on borrowed money, it would be greatly appreciated
Hmm... You know absolutely nothing about nursing, at least based on this post. Here are your following fallacies:
(1) The majority of nurses work in hospitals and not in private clinics;
(2) You don't replace nurses with nurse practitioners, rather, you hire nurse practitioners who can see and bill for services to expand your own services. NP's and PA's allow you to expand your practice without having to hire additional physicians.
(3) While new graduate nurses may not get the exact job they want, say in a Level 1 Trauma Center's ER or in a specialty ICU, they are getting jobs in acute care settings in hospitals. Once a nurse has 1-2 years of experience, it is extraordinarily easy for a nurse to get a job in pretty much any practice setting.
(4) When I practiced as a nurse, I was always receiving yearly pay increases - even during hiring freezes. When I left, I was on track to make ~90k working 3-4 shifts per week in an ICU.
I strongly disliked healthcare; however, for many people, being a nurse is a great career that allows for excellent work/family balance.