I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California - page 15

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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 Esme12
    Are you kidding me??????????? Unbelievable!!!! smh
    Seriously my work study pay was $12/hour!
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    I want to work in peds or NICU. I love the whole Mother/Baby/Kids aspect of nursing. but I know the job outlook is rough. I'm trying to figure out which preceptorship to choose: Peds acute rehab or ICU? Peds would be good to have on my resume, but ICU is great experience for many areas. I'm so torn.... any advice would be appreciated.
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    Quote from blueorchid981
    I want to work in peds or NICU. I love the whole Mother/Baby/Kids aspect of nursing. but I know the job outlook is rough. I'm trying to figure out which preceptorship to choose: Peds acute rehab or ICU? Peds would be good to have on my resume, but ICU is great experience for many areas. I'm so torn.... any advice would be appreciated.
    I understand the dilemma, and it is a big decision....So you really should do some research before you decide. If you have a choice of hospital AND the unit, then call the HR Department at the hospital and feel them out (i.e. does the NICU/ICU/Peds ever hire new grads, or do they have a new grad program for the NICU/ICU/Peds?). MANY hospitals have "nondescript" new grad opportunities where they don't have an actual new grad class, but new grads are precepted on the hiring unit. It would be great to have the pediatric experience if you really want peds/NICU, but ICU would definitely open up more doors. Just my two cents.
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    From what I've seen, it would be more difficult to come out of school with an entry-level MSN (i.e. you didn't work as a nurse before getting your MSN). Hospitals already tend to pay BSN's "slightly" more than ADN's...and out of all of my job searches in the continental US...I have seen very few job postings for MSN/APN type candidates...But obviously a plethora of jobs for "experienced" RNs. Which makes me feel lucky that I didn't get into any of the entry-level MSN programs I applied to.
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    I guess I should introduce myself.

    Hello my name is KelKelRN
    License type: BSN
    GPA: 4.0
    Time out of school: Nearly 4 months
    # of positions applied to date: I didn't start applying until after I took the NCLEX (December 2012), and I am approaching 120
    Dream RN position: NICU/ ICU/ CCU/IMC
    Hospital experience: No.
    Where do you live: Central Coast, CA
    What are you doing now: I try to apply to at least 10 positions a day, but have missed quite a few days between traveling up and down the state to attend random/unproductive job fairs, and spend many hours talking to my nursing school classmates everyday...plotting and planning our job searches. I've applied all over the state, and get rejection after rejection, or the ever-so-nice no response at all. The quickest rejection I received was less than two hours (and I'll admit, I was impressed).
    Favorite color: Pink
    How you cope with unemployment: I tend to cook moreso than bake.....I started taking a sewing class....But the only thing that will make me feel better is the day I have a signed contract in my hands. I had one phone interview today and two lined up for tomorrow, as they are all out of state. From reading all of your introductions, I can say that I have the same sentiments....I can't sit around for much longer without a job or I will probably go crazy!!!
    Last edit by KelKelRN on Jan 24, '13
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    Quote from KelKelRN
    I understand the dilemma, and it is a big decision....So you really should do some research before you decide. If you have a choice of hospital AND the unit, then call the HR Department at the hospital and feel them out (i.e. does the NICU/ICU/Peds ever hire new grads, or do they have a new grad program for the NICU/ICU/Peds?). MANY hospitals have "nondescript" new grad opportunities where they don't have an actual new grad class, but new grads are precepted on the hiring unit. It would be great to have the pediatric experience if you really want peds/NICU, but ICU would definitely open up more doors. Just my two cents.
    Thanks for the advice. I decided to go for ICU. I love peds but I also love critical care. I think/hope I chose the right experience for me!
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    Quote from blueorchid981
    Thanks for the advice. I decided to go for ICU. I love peds but I also love critical care. I think/hope I chose the right experience for me!
    Good luck! I'm hoping it will be the best choice for you! ICU and ER are excellent starting points to get your core nursing skills down to a point. Have fun!
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    Quote from KelKelRN
    I guess I should introduce myself.

    Hello my name is KelKelRN
    License type: BSN
    GPA: 4.0
    Time out of school: Nearly 4 months
    # of positions applied to date: I didn't start applying until after I took the NCLEX (December 2012), and I am approaching 120
    Dream RN position: NICU/ ICU/ CCU/IMC
    Hospital experience: No.
    Where do you live: Central Coast, CA
    What are you doing now: I try to apply to at least 10 positions a day, but have missed quite a few days between traveling up and down the state to attend random/unproductive job fairs, and spend many hours talking to my nursing school classmates everyday...plotting and planning our job searches. I've applied all over the state, and get rejection after rejection, or the ever-so-nice no response at all. The quickest rejection I received was less than two hours (and I'll admit, I was impressed).
    Favorite color: Pink
    How you cope with unemployment: I tend to cook moreso than bake.....I started taking a sewing class....But the only thing that will make me feel better is the day I have a signed contract in my hands. I had one phone interview today and two lined up for tomorrow, as they are all out of state. From reading all of your introductions, I can say that I have the same sentiments....I can't sit around for much longer without a job or I will probably go crazy!!!
    Welcome! And I can understand the frustration with the waiting game. I also want to take a sewing class soon to keep me distracted. My baking is starting to annoy everyone because of all the sweets. I can't help it. It keeps me grounded.
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    Apparently, there was a position up in Downey, that someone kindly posted on facebook. Too bad the position is already closed, if the rejection e-mail is any indication.

    Job hunting as a new grad really requires you to be on your toes and POUNCE.

    Back to the drawing board.
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    Just a heads up the central valley is just as bad. Even the small community hospitals. Plenty of jobs available, if you have 1+ years ACUTE experience. Bleh. Anyway. I just wanted to give you a ray of hope (after I just dashed it with the central valley bit). I have been job hunting for almost 9 months now. I have applied to any and everything available. I had an interview on Tuesday and I got called and offered the job on Wednesday. You know what the difference was? The nurse recruiter called me after applying to a different position at the same hospital and told me to change my resume. He told me to add my previous work experience (which had NOTHING to do with nursing) because he noticed I had a previous degree and assumed that I had other work experience. After I did that I was called for an interview a week later and got the job. Good luck guys and hang in there! And if you can move, go to Oklahoma. I graduated there and every single one of my classmates had a job before they even took the NCLEX. Except me of course since I was moving out here because my husband is Navy.


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