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Nurse Shortage

May 22, 1988

I read once again an article about the shortage of registered nurses. It may surprise you that many registered nurses, like me, cannot find employment in a hospital. I gave up my job at Los Angeles County Hospital to raise a family. When my youngest child was in school, I took a 5-month refresher course at a community college, bought uniforms and looked forward to working again.

I contacted over 20 hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties and did not even get a single interview. Every nursing recruiter lost interest when I told her that I had no recent experience. They were only trying to hire nurses from other hospitals.

CHRISTA SHACKLEFORD

Seal Beach

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