Despite reports of hiring obstacles facing recent nursing graduates, the majority of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing students completing a BSN in 2013 report they quickly found the jobs they wanted, where they wanted, with moderate or little difficulty, according to a recent survey.
According to a Hopkins news release, 78% of respondents to the annual survey conducted by the School of Nursing reported they had received and accepted an offer of nursing employment within three months of implementing their job searches, with most indicating they had secured employment before graduation. The nationwide employment rate for 2013 BSN graduates, determined through an American Academy of Colleges of Nursing survey of all nursing schools, was 59% at graduation compared to a 29.3% national average for all professions, according to the release.
At four months after graduation, the Johns Hopkins employment rate rose to 84%, despite an ongoing trend among BSN graduates to continue their nursing studies full time. Within the Northeastern region, the AACN reported a nursing employment rate of 50% at graduation and 82% at the six-month mark, according to the release.
A majority of the Johns Hopkins nursing job seekers found employment in their first choice of position (71%) and 77% reported that position was in their preferred geographic location. Nearly one-third received two or more job offers, with 3% receiving four or more offers. About 45% reported very little or no difficulty in finding a job, while 25% encountered only moderate difficulty, according to the release.
While the students found employment in a variety of settings and locations, many are working in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore metropolitan area, and more than half found positions in top-ranked Johns Hopkins hospitals, according to the release.
These results are positive and reassuring, but not surprising, Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, said in the release, They confirm that a nursing education opens many doors and offers countless career opportunities; they also remind us that our Hopkins graduates are among the most sought after and recruited here in Maryland, throughout the nation, and around the world.