Nursing students from the college have faced a great challenge in finding jobs around Long Island post-graduation.
After two years of enrolling in the nursing program at the three campuses at Suffolk County Community College, a student graduates with an Associates degree in nursing in addition to being licensed as a Registered Nurse in New York State. The nursing field is one of the broadest and promising fields in today’s economy. This program is one of the most competitive programs to get into on the island within the past years. It offers an in class and clinical experience for students that’s not only competitive but also a crucial course for four semesters. Nonetheless , all the effort and had work are expected to pay off with a promising job, that is in essence if you can even find a job on Long Island nowadays.
Unfortunately, many graduates have found it challenging to actually find an entry level job. “I could not find a job for months!” Connie Rivera, a 2009 graduate from the college said. Rivera claims she was told it was because she solely held an associates degree after graduating from the college and that most hospitals and facilities were requiring a bachelor’s degree to be considered a position. She explains how it took her another two and half years to attain a bachelors degree, and expresses how frustrating and stressful it was to go through school again while trying to desperately find a job with her associates degree.
“The nurses say college nursing graduates have not been hired in Brook Haven Hospital lately because of the large staff they already have” says Phil Quatrale, a Brook Haven Memorial Hospital employee. Quatrale claims that “the nurses suggest that if you’re thinking of attending a nursing school, then you should go straight for a school that offers a bachelors degree because it’s more promising of a job nowadays”
In addition, the inexperienced young nurses have been harder to hire because of the time and expense is required to train them. “It’s not specifically just graduates from the college that are not being hired…” Dorothy Smith, from John T. Mather hospital says. Smith confirms that indeed nurses who have an associate’s degree find it harder to find a job because most hospitals demand a more experienced and advanced degree, such as the kind a bachelors degree offers. Smith states that a student graduating with an associate’s degree can certainly find an entry level position at a facility such as a nursing home.
Smith reassures all students in this type of situation to not give up. She says “a job as a registered nurse may be difficult to find at first after graduation, but do not get discouraged. It really is a promising field and profession and you will find the perfect job for you”.