I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California - page 11

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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    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.
    Applying for anything and everything. Not just hospital. EVERYTHING in my area wants experience - including LTC. It is, however, my dream job to work in acute care. I had a specific path in mind when I went in to nursing (as a second degree older student), and I still do.

    Getting a job outside of the hospital is not as easy as you think.
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    Yes and on top of that many of us can't afford to move out of state. Additional license fees, moving expenses, DMV, families, etc.
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    Or in my case, my husband just doesn't want to move.
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    Okay you guys. I FINALLY have a name for the blog. ********* is already taken and Meriwhen suggested Catch-22 but that's taken too. The new name is (drum roll please....) *** **** ******* I can't post the link per TOS but I'm thinking about double blogging on both my Blogger and AN. Or put my new posts in this thread. I'm also trying to figure out if it's against the TOS to post links to AN in my blog.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 10, '13
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    Hi everyone! I'm an unemployed new grad, and I'm so happy to find this page.

    License type
    : BSN/PHN
    Time out of school: 10 months
    # of positions applied to date: 100+, 1 phone interview, 2 in-person interviews
    Dream RN position: Public/Community Health Nurse
    Hospital experience: None
    Where do you live: Bay Area, CA
    What are you doing now: Working part-time for a community health services agency; hospice volunteer
    Favorite color: Purple
    How you cope with unemployment: Amazing & supportive husband, friends, and family. Along with working part-time and volunteering, I try to see my friends often. I need a break once in a while from all the job websites, applications, resumes, etc!

    When the new year rolled around, I started to get super depressed. I recently accepted a part-time non-nursing job because I needed to make money. I was open and honest with the employer and told them my situation (that I'm still looking for an RN position) and they decided to take a chance on me. I'm so grateful to have a job...any job! Plus, considering that it's a community services agency, it should help with my eventual goal of finding a public health nurse position.
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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.
    I don't want to flame you but frankly, I'm cranky and find your statement insensitive and feel like you're calling the new grads in this thread a bunch of idiots. Here is my response to a similar post on this board

    "To be honest (and this isn't meant to be offensive to the OP), I get tired of people telling me I should just try looking outside of hospital. As if I haven't already been doing that, truthfully, I find it a little offensive. If one more person says, "You should just try doctors offices or something!" I might scream.

    Like most people, I have a dream job. Like most people, I do everything I can to get that dream job. And, like most people, I'm also applying for any and all jobs, because let's face it, you can't be picky in this market."

    I am not only looking at hospital jobs. In fact, I haven't even only been looking at nursing jobs lately. But yeah, I still have a dream job. And yeah, I put that dream job in the response to the introduction questions of this post.

    Would you mind sharing what area you are in, or even the company you work for? Because I would love a job. Any job.

    Please excuse any weird grammar and/or misplaced punctuation. Having trouble with all nurses app.
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    Quote from kenderella89
    Okay you guys. I FINALLY have a name for the blog. New Grads Need Not Apply is already taken and Meriwhen suggested Catch-22 but that's taken too. The new name is (drum roll please....) New Grad Syndrome! I can't post the link per TOS but I'm thinking about double blogging on both my Blogger and AN. Or put my new posts in this thread. I'm also trying to figure out if it's against the TOS to post links to AN in my blog.
    I'll google you one you get up and running!
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    So my blog won't come up in a Google search If you click on my name I posted the link to my blog in my About page under Home Page. I hope I'm not violating TOS I have one post so far and another one will be done tomorrow.
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    Quote from roro13sf
    Hi everyone! I'm an unemployed new grad, and I'm so happy to find this page.

    License type
    : BSN/PHN
    Time out of school: 10 months
    # of positions applied to date: 100+, 1 phone interview, 2 in-person interviews
    Dream RN position: Public/Community Health Nurse
    Hospital experience: None
    Where do you live: Bay Area, CA
    What are you doing now: Working part-time for a community health services agency; hospice volunteer
    Favorite color: Purple
    How you cope with unemployment: Amazing & supportive husband, friends, and family. Along with working part-time and volunteering, I try to see my friends often. I need a break once in a while from all the job websites, applications, resumes, etc!

    When the new year rolled around, I started to get super depressed. I recently accepted a part-time non-nursing job because I needed to make money. I was open and honest with the employer and told them my situation (that I'm still looking for an RN position) and they decided to take a chance on me. I'm so grateful to have a job...any job! Plus, considering that it's a community services agency, it should help with my eventual goal of finding a public health nurse position.
    Welcome roro13sf! Glad to see some bay area grads in here!
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    Hi everyone - I just wanted to post here in case any of you haven't seen the banner.

    Click here --> New Grad Nurses struggling to find jobs - CNN Reporter wants to hear from you

    She wants to hear from those who got jobs as well as those still unemployed. I'm happy that she's writing about this so I hope you'll consider contributing your experiences.


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