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Nursing degree is no longer a guarantee: With recession, more students means more competition for jobs (access required)

By Caitlin Coakley The common narrative for the nursing industry has centered on the shortage of nurses. The profession was a guaranteed backup plan for anyone who needed a job. But with the recession, the narrative has changed. “When we started school two years ago, the economy wasn’t where it’s at today,” said Jennifer Sova, 33, who graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing at Carolinas Medical Center on May 7. “You always hear, ‘there’s a nursing shortage, there’s a nursing shortage,’ but just like any other field, there’s only so many positions available, and you have so many people trying to fill them.” Though Sova was offered a job with Carolinas Medical Center when she graduated, she did have to make some concessions, however. Instead of getting into pediatrics, the unit she was hoping for, she took a job in the end stage renal disease unit.

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