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Usually in demand, new nurses now looking for work

on December 10, 2009

Nursing students enter school with the hope of going into a career where they can fulfill a dream of helping people stay healthy. They also expect to find jobs because there’s almost always a shortage of people in the field.

But nearly 40 percent of the graduating class of 2009 are without hospital jobs due to the recent economic downturn. In this video, we follow one recent nursing graduate from North Oakland’s Samuel Merritt College who is looking for work.


  1. Linda Teel on December 16, 2009 at 9:19 am

    This is an excellent piece to make the public aware of nurses’ plight. The interviewer/announcer did an excellent job in portraying the individual nurse’s dilemma. She was strong in intonation and kept one’s attention. A follow-up would be nice to see the direction the nurses’ situation is going. A concern: At the end of the piece, the nurse entered a car in a very nice neighborhood. This sent a conflicting message on her need for a job.

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