I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California - page 10

by kenderella89

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Hey yall. I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California. Iíve recently lost a lot of my hope and optimism for finding a New Grad position. I graduated in May with my BSN and Iíve applied for about... Read More


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    Please don't flame me to death,

    But I have to ask: why do I get the impression so many new grads don't think beyond the hospital? These days, probably 2/3 of nursing jobs are non-hospital. Public health, community clinic, ambulatory, SNF/LTC, school/campus health centers, municipal county/state, case management, utilization review, worker's comp, insurance companies, occupational health/OSHA, V.A., home health, hospice, palliative, infusion pharmacies, private duty agencies, and telephone triage centers.....ALL need RNs and are more likely to hire new grads than the big fancy hospitals.

    I only say this because I see so many of you talking only about hospital jobs and "dream jobs" in hospitals.

    If I were unemployed as long as some of you have been, I'd have let my aspirations about a "dream" hospital job go a long time ago. Even when I graduated back in '06 & jobs were plentiful I still put a few years in the LTC trenches before I even attempted applying to a hospital. Do your schools really tell you to expect a full time, well paid hospital gig right out of school? If so, I am really sorry.

    My company hires new grads as inpatient/telephonic case managers. I know it's not the glitzy world of ICU or ER but......it's a NURSING JOB.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    I think it's a great name.

    However, I Googled it and found that someone's already using it for their blog (will not post URL as that's against the TOS).

    But they haven't updated it in a couple of weeks...and AFAIK, unless they've filed a registered trademark on it (which I doubt), there's no law saying you can't use that name too.
    Awwww I should have Googled it first. I actually already created the blog last night. I'm pretty sure I can change the name or just delete it and start over. I have total writers block I'll probably come up with a new name in the shower lol
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    Quote from mclennan
    Please don't flame me to death,

    But I have to ask: why do I get the impression so many new grads don't think beyond the hospital? These days, probably 2/3 of nursing jobs are non-hospital. Public health, community clinic, ambulatory, SNF/LTC, school/campus health centers, municipal county/state, case management, utilization review, worker's comp, insurance companies, occupational health/OSHA, V.A., home health, hospice, palliative, infusion pharmacies, private duty agencies, and telephone triage centers.....ALL need RNs and are more likely to hire new grads than the big fancy hospitals.

    I only say this because I see so many of you talking only about hospital jobs and "dream jobs" in hospitals.
    I'm pretty sure most new grads do apply to the non-hospital jobs.

    I know I have, and the response tends to be that they want experienced nurses. Home health doesn't want me because there "are certain ratios to be kept" ... "rules and regulations." SNFs give the same reasons. I've even had SNF managers shut the door in my face... depressing and rude! I've expanded my job search up and down the state and other states as well and most of them want experience.

    It's just sad the cities and counties can't learn to budget and open up more positions, or any if at all.

    The latest trend in the job postings: "No new grads need apply" and "1 year experience REQUIRED." That goes to show how they are being swamped with applications for new grads and are tired of weeding those applications out.

    There's only so many I can take.

    /End vent.
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    Quote from candiedapples
    Hello my name is Candiedapples and Iím an unemployed New Grad.

    License type: BSN
    Time out of school: 1 year
    # of positions applied to date: I lost count! But I have been on 6 or 7 RN interviews.
    Dream RN position: Medsurg
    Hospital experience: I have worked as a CNA in the surgery department and on a telemetry floor. Also currently volunteering at a hospital and almost have 200 hours.
    Where do you live: San Diego
    What are you doing now: Currently working a non-healthcare related job to pay off student loans, volunteering at a hospital, and job hunting!
    Favorite color: Red
    How you cope with unemployment:

    It's frustrating to have gone through all that schooling with nothing to show for it. But I like the idea that all of us in the same boat are banding together and sharing tips and stuff. I also made an Excel spreadsheet type thing but hadn't updated it in a while so it's a mess. I think my record for being rejected from a position was 24 hours or less?
    Welcome candieapples! I love your name by the way! You know I wish I had a "welcome kit" to give you guys. Virtual or real lol
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    Quote from RNinC
    Well, I'm feeling extra down today! I had a phone interview with a hospital (in Indiana) on Friday and it went so well. But, it's just not possible. There are no jobs in my husbands industry there and he's definitely the breadwinner. We also recently found out that I'm pregnant. We're very happy and excited about it (we've been trying a long time) but it does add a certain level of complication. Now my husband has started to suggest that I just look for retail jobs and it is so depressing. Why did I spend all of that money, make all of those sacrifices, and work so hard, just to look for jobs that I was already qualified to do? I have applied for several non-nursing jobs at hospitals (I have some healthcare admin type experience) but I'm assuming they won't even consider me because they see that I am a RN and probably assume that I would quit when a nursing job came up. I just need a job! I'm slowly realizing that if we stay in SoCal it probably won't be on a floor/doing patient care, but I could be happy in so many other types of jobs. What happened to all of the "other career opportunities" they told me about in nursing school?
    Congrats on the baby! I know we all feel like all that hard work and money for a piece of paper that can't even guarantee us a job. Ridiculous. I feel like all this will make us more creative in the jub hunt especially if we stick together. A good tip would be to try to foucs on the baby when you're stressed or feeling down. It would be a good distraction, or so I hear
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    Quote from mclennan
    Please don't flame me to death,

    But I have to ask: why do I get the impression so many new grads don't think beyond the hospital? These days, probably 2/3 of nursing jobs are non-hospital. Public health, community clinic, ambulatory, SNF/LTC, school/campus health centers, municipal county/state, case management, utilization review, worker's comp, insurance companies, occupational health/OSHA, V.A., home health, hospice, palliative, infusion pharmacies, private duty agencies, and telephone triage centers.....ALL need RNs and are more likely to hire new grads than the big fancy hospitals.

    I only say this because I see so many of you talking only about hospital jobs and "dream jobs" in hospitals.

    If I were unemployed as long as some of you have been, I'd have let my aspirations about a "dream" hospital job go a long time ago. Even when I graduated back in '06 & jobs were plentiful I still put a few years in the LTC trenches before I even attempted applying to a hospital. Do your schools really tell you to expect a full time, well paid hospital gig right out of school? If so, I am really sorry.

    My company hires new grads as inpatient/telephonic case managers. I know it's not the glitzy world of ICU or ER but......it's a NURSING JOB.
    No flames here! We welcome all suggestions and comments. I actually have shifted my focus and I'm waiting for my PHN license in the mail (Come on BON!). I want to be a NICU nurse not only because I loved it, but because my eventual dream is to work in the community with low-income teen mothers and create sexual education programs for teens. It's esentially Public Health, but I thought I needed to start out in the hospital first. I've even looked in to school nursing which I'm excited about, but I see you need PICU or some type of actue Peds experience. I also applied for the VA and I would love ot work there. My dad is a VA psych nurse in Louisianna. I got rejected from their new grad program.

    I think that part of it is when we are in nursing school everything is acute care based, besides our community health class. There's not much of a focus on nursing outside the hospital setting.
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    Quote from kenderella89
    I've even looked in to school nursing which I'm excited about, but I see you need PICU or some type of actue Peds experience.
    Some schools (at least in my area) don't require you to have acute peds experience, but you have to have a school nurse cert license. So that's money to the school board people and you have to have CEUs to that school board as well.... so you'd be doing CEUs for your RN license and school-related CEUs for the school board. And like your RN license, you'd be paying them every few years to renew (and do your CEUs to renew too).

    I tried to volunteer as a school nurse at my local elementary school, but they require me to have the school nurse cert license.
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    Quote from perioddrama
    Some schools (at least in my area) don't require you to have acute peds experience, but you have to have a school nurse cert license. So that's money to the school board people and you have to have CEUs to that school board as well.... so you'd be doing CEUs for your RN license and school-related CEUs for the school board. And like your RN license, you'd be paying them every few years to renew (and do your CEUs to renew too).

    I tried to volunteer as a school nurse at my local elementary school, but they require me to have the school nurse cert license.
    Well I looked and you can't get your cert license unless you are working as a school nurse. Catch 22.
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    Quote from kenderella89
    Well I looked and you can't get your cert license unless you are working as a school nurse. Catch 22.
    I must've not read it too closely. Seems like that's the life of a new grad: Catch 22.
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    I know all of you have said that you've looked out of state (if possible), but have you guys checked out Renown in Reno, NV? I remember when I was looking for jobs they had tons of new grad positions (I just looked and it looks like they have positions for Registered Nurse 1 in anything from palliative care, ED, NICU, CCU, etc).

    I don't know anything about them, but it might be worth a shot.

    p.s. I graduated in 2011, and I am just about 1 1/2 years into my nursing career (moved out East for school / job) and looking to head back soon. I know how you guys feel (I went through a lot of applications while still in school for hospitals in CA and didn't hear back from one). Happy / lucky I was able to move / stay out and get experience.
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