I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California - page 9

by kenderella89

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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    I'm sorry to hear you didn't get the position. ER is my dream job too. As understandably frustrating and sad as your story is, it did make me feel a little better in knowing that I wasn't alone - I had a similar experience. I like the idea of keeping each other posted on NG programs opening up - I've missed a couple and was very frustrated once I found out I was a couple days late to the application process. I was also feeling very down about the new year. All I keep thinking is, "It's 2013 and I still don't have a job. What is wrong with me?" You're not alone in all these feelings! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm trying to stay focused on the good things. My relationship with my sister is keeping me going, and my wonderful boyfriend is absolutely perfect. It's getting harder and harder to stay patient, but, we can do this!

    Is there a way to keep each other posted on opening programs? Should we start a new thread for that?
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    My loves, please don't give up. Yesterday, after 10 months of applying, an unknown number of applications and six interviews, I was offered a New Grad position. Never give up. I was on the verge of saying "screw it all" and going back to school, or moving to another state, or quitting entirely and becoming a hobbit.

    That call will come. Keep working. Believe in yourselves. <3
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    Quote from Coriander
    My loves, please don't give up. Yesterday, after 10 months of applying, an unknown number of applications and six interviews, I was offered a New Grad position. Never give up. I was on the verge of saying "screw it all" and going back to school, or moving to another state, or quitting entirely and becoming a hobbit.

    That call will come. Keep working. Believe in yourselves. <3
    Coriander congrats! I'm so glad you finally got it!
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    For those that have been part of this thread, maybe I'll include all you mystery guests, I'm willing to share my job spreadsheet with everyone. It's mostly complete, but I have information about new grad programs and whether or not a hospital is hiring new grads. I have almost every hospital in the state on my list. It's something to help.
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    It definitely does comfort me to know others have endured similar, unfortunate, experiences. Telling family/friends is just like talking to a wall and it's difficult for them to really understand as hard as they try to Thanks so much for letting me vent here!

    And I totally agree with you kenderella89 when you say you don't feel like a real nurse until you get that first job. It still kind of surprises me every time I remember that I am a college graduate, that I have a Bachelors, AND I have my RN license considering all that schooling is just sitting there collecting dust right now ! I really do hope you'll make that blog! I look forward to reading it


    As for sharing about New Grad Programs, sharing spreadsheets would be awesome. I, too, have compiled one (haha, nursing school has definitely made us neurotic and organized) that I'd be willing to share. I think what I had in mind though was more "Hey guys, so-and-so is opening up their new grad apps this week, remember to apply!" or something along those lines. Just a little friendly reminder. I'll try to do so if I know of any upcoming ones. If you guys/gals have any other ideas, feel free to share!!



    My last tidbit: Congratulations Coriander! I've seen your posts on the Scripps thread previously and am so happy for you You deserve it, to say the least!

    As for the rest of us, tomorrow's another day! Good luck on the job hunt!!! And (this is random but) if any of you live in the Los Angeles area and want a work-out partner, feel free to contact me! I'm trying to get off my butt and be more healthy during this whole job hunting process. Wouldn't kill to make a few new friends along the way!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jan 9, '13 : Reason: ToS
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    Quote from kenderella89
    I'm thinking about calling the blog: New Grads Need Not Apply. What do you guys think?
    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.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Jan 9, '13
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    LOOK HERE!!!! CNN IS LOOKING FOR GRADS WHO CAN"T GET JOBS!!!!!!! and is working with AN!

    New Grad Nurses struggling to find job - CNN Reporter wants to hear from you

    We are working with Annalyn Kurtz, a CNN Money Reporter, to get info for an article that will highlight this nationwide issue. Read More...


    http://allnurses.com/first-year-after/new-grad-nurses-807138.html


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    Hello my name is Candiedapples and I’m 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?
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    Quote from Coriander
    My loves, please don't give up. Yesterday, after 10 months of applying, an unknown number of applications and six interviews, I was offered a New Grad position. Never give up. I was on the verge of saying "screw it all" and going back to school, or moving to another state, or quitting entirely and becoming a hobbit.

    That call will come. Keep working. Believe in yourselves. <3
    Congratulations!
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    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?


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