Nurses and student nurses are discovering that the recession and an abundance of nurses have combined to make it difficult to find or change jobs.
Two years ago there were plenty of positions, but now "the jobs simply aren't available," says Ida Ross, a St. Joseph Hospital nurse who was among 900 nurses and nursing students who attended the Baltimore Association of Nurse Recruiters' career day at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Forty Maryland hospitals sent recruiters to the event on Saturday.
"The recruiters once hawked you, sought you out," Ms. Ross said. "Now they are very laid back."
Carrie H. Roll, who hires nurses for St. Joseph, said, "People once thought that nursing was recession-proof. It's not so. [Prospective patients] are being laid off and losing their medical benefits. Others are putting off elective surgery."