It’s no secret that times have been hit hard by the economy. One main question every student wonders when they graduate, “Will I be able to get a job?” For many, the answer is eventually. Lauren Thompson, a recent graduate in nursing from New Mexico State University has been wondering when her eventual job may really happen.
Thompson has said that for her she would still do her nursing degree all over again because that is what she loves. “Everyday I went to clinical and I loved it. I loved knowing that I helped someone and was there for them.” Thompson’s specialty is in being in the emergency room helping out with a little bit of everything.
“There is a constant need for nurses but at the same time, you don’t want to have a horrible nurse. It’s hard because not many hospitals want to hire a new nurse, we don’t have the experience that comes with the job, “ said Thompson.
Thompson continues to explain that hospitals could hire her for half the price of a traveling nurse or a temporary nurse. It’s hard because new nurses tend to make mistakes. One wrong mistake and a patient could choose to sue the hospital.
Even with that, “I’m here to make it my career, you can train me the way you want me to be trained. Plus, it helps with nurse-to-nurse interaction; we can work as a team and grow together. Hospitals need to weigh that in and that they may not be missing out after all since I plan to work there as long as I can,” said Thompson.
Her advice to new students, “Hope and pray that the economy gets better. Stay involved in looking what’s going on in the health world. Ultimately, if you want to do it-you will do it. Live what you love.”
Thompson’s main goal is to be a registered nurse at a local hospital in Tucson where she and her husband live.