Data from a recent survey are validating for California nurse leaders what their previous research indicated that not enough new graduates are finding employment as RNs. Armed with the new data, nurse leaders are prepared to find solutions.
The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care, in partnership with the California Board of Registered Nursing, California Student Nurses Association, the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office and UCLA School of Nursing, conducted an online survey from mid-July until Sept. 1 to determine whether new nursing graduates had difficulty finding employment.
The BRN sent a letter to RNs who were newly licensed in California in 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, asking them to participate. They were pleased that 1,052 RNs visited the survey and 973 completed it, said CINHC Executive Director Deloras Jones, RN, MS.Deloras Jones, RN
Members of CINHC met Sept. 14 to interpret the data and brainstorm solutions to apparent issues. Jones led the survey presentation.
Attendees learned that 89% of RNs who responded to the survey graduated from nursing schools in California within the last nine months. Although survey data is still being analyzed, Jones told attendees, one point is clear: This survey validates the results of an employer survey that we did last year, which indicted that up to 40% of new graduates may not find employment in California hospitals.
The estimate Jones referred to closely matches the current survey results, which showed 43% of participants were not currently employed as RNs.
Options such as transitional programs are needed to encourage new grads, Jones said, because the longer RNs are out of work, the more time they lose gaining experience. They also may become discouraged and seek other means of employment, she added.
This survey validates how important it is for us to stay on top of keeping our new graduates engaged in the work force, Jones said. Transition programs are important, she said, because 92.5% of RNs surveyed who were turned down for jobs were given no experience as the reason.
To learn more, visit CINHC.org/2010/09/ new-grad-transition-program-details.