I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California - page 19

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

  1. Visit  Kimberley.RN profile page
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    David, 2.5 years of waiting - WOW!!!! I graduated in Dec and the 6 months I have been waiting feels like forever. I can't imagine what 2.5 years was like for you! Congratulations on your new position!!! What did you do in the interim period to keep your skills up?
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  3. Visit  nurseface profile page
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    200 job applications, 10 months, major stalking of managers etc...I am finally working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse! I am so relieved and happy. Most of my classmates are all working in nursing homes and miserable so I feel like holding out for the right job was the right choice for me. I live in the Bay Area and ended up landing a job in the valley, 2 hours east of San Francisco. Aside from the distance, what ended up getting me the job was contacting the director of the department directly and being persistant! Good luck everyone and keep on truckin because the pay check is worth it (of course being a nurse is lovely too!)!!!
  4. Visit  sourapril profile page
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    Quote from nurseface
    200 job applications, 10 months, major stalking of managers etc...I am finally working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse! I am so relieved and happy. Most of my classmates are all working in nursing homes and miserable so I feel like holding out for the right job was the right choice for me. I live in the Bay Area and ended up landing a job in the valley, 2 hours east of San Francisco. Aside from the distance, what ended up getting me the job was contacting the director of the department directly and being persistant! Good luck everyone and keep on truckin because the pay check is worth it (of course being a nurse is lovely too!)!!!
    Is the hospital one of those smaller ones? I heard major hospitals are tough to get in? Also, is it in urban or rural setting? Lastly, what did you do during those 10 months? Did you get special certification or volunteer? Thank you and congrats!
  5. Visit  Lamjammcgee profile page
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    WOW this thread is amazing to read. although i hear from some of my classmates having the same issues as me its crazy to hear its all over CA, and has been going on for so long.
    I am a new grad, dec 12. i have applies to 87 positions and have not gotten one interview. I had a GPA of 3.4 in nursing school and 4.0 in science and math prereq's. I feel i have lost the motivation to make every app perfect and i know thats the key. I have no patience for kissing ass on the computer to someone who is just going to move my app to the trash bin after i worked so hard on it. once i worked on an app 2.5 hours and when it was perfect submitted it at 3:27 . .. . . . .at 4:12 was rejected, COME ON, they couldn't even review it that fast. It was the first time i really thought of going to the hospital locating human resources and just asking them "did you even read it"!!!
    hahah but honestly we should take a moment to be proud of our past accomplishments and remember back to another time we didn't think we would succeed, and seeing as we are all on a thread for out of work RN's, at least we have some initials behind our names.
    I do hate it when people say "you'll find something" because some day, yes, I'm sure i will. I just wish that day was sooner rather than later. feel like I'm getting rusty and loosing confidence in ability.
  6. Visit  Lsaetern profile page
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    I just found this!! I've been looking for a "new grad" thread for a while now. I'm glad I found it. I got my license in feb 2012! I applied to sooo many positions I lost count.. I have not been to one interview! Depressing!! A month ago, I just gave up applying all together. I needed the break, the constant rejection took its toll on me. I definitely understand how everyone feels with the lost of motivation, fearing you're losing all your skills and etc.
  7. Visit  DavidDudley profile page
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    Quote from Kimberley.RN
    David, 2.5 years of waiting - WOW!!!! I graduated in Dec and the 6 months I have been waiting feels like forever. I can't imagine what 2.5 years was like for you! Congratulations on your new position!!! What did you do in the interim period to keep your skills up?
    I managed to maintain some of my skills at the prison I worked at. With the position I had they frequently had me working in their urgent care (treatment and triage area) which is like a mini ER in the prison itself. A good handful of the stuff that I did there is similar to what I now do in the ER. Fortunately, it was that prison experience, along with being at the right place at the right time and knowing the right person helped me to finally land my dream nursing job.

    I used to be extremely negative when it comes to nursing jobs (and I still am, just to a much lesser degree) but I realize now that nightmares don't always last forever, sometimes you wake up and their gone.

    As a new grad, It definitely takes alot more than just putting in apps to get hired. There's strategies you have to utilize to help give you that edge. The main one that worked for me was going where no one else wanted to go. My first job was at a sub-acute SNF which was a terrible work environment. Their turnover rate was so high that the DON hired me without even interviewing me.

    After 3 months of that hell I then focused on getting into state prisons. I drove all over southern and central california for countless interviews just to be declined. The one prison that did finally hire me did so mainly because all the other qualified applicants didn't want to go work there in the middle of fricken nowhere. It was the urgent/emergent experience that I gained there which was what I used in my ER interview to make me appear qualified for the job.

    It's good to keep good rapport with all your classmates, friends, and teachers from school. Initially, when I first graduated I went to those people for help to get into a hospital setting and had no luck. I knew directors, assistant directors, charge nurses, nurse managers, floor nurses, and still couldn't get a job. My friend who got hired at my ER 2 years ago said "Oh I can't help you, I'm new and don't have any pull." And yet, its that same person who finally helped get me in 2 years later. The moral is that you should stay in good standing with everyone as much as possible, even if they all fail at getting u a job initially, because you don't know what they will be able to do for you down the road.

    The other day I was speaking to one of my co-workers about how she started working at our hospital. Unlike me, she wasn't willing to work outside of a hospital setting and was just persistent. She would call the med-surg director for months and leave countless messages to just not have her calls returned. Eventually she finally got ahold of the director and firmly requested one chance at an interview. She was granted the interview, and when she went to the interview focused and knew how to articulate her objectives and goals so well that she was immediately hired.

    Most people don't do that, most people just put in the app and wait. The problem is that everyone is doing that and hospitals get stacks upon stacks of apps and just end up picking the most highly qualified applicant. You gotta do what the legions of people aren't doing and stand out.

    Good luck
  8. Visit  DavidDudley profile page
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    One more thing.. know what you want. In the beginning I had the poo poo mentality of begger's can't be choosers so when I would apply for jobs I would apply for every open position for any unit. I was so desperate for a job that I didn't care where I worked at, I just wanted any hospital job. I didn't know the damage that was doing until a hospital I had followed up with said they were disqualifying me because I applied for one unit at their hospital and applied for a different unit at their sister hospital facility and that they want a nurse who is focused on one speciality and know what they want.

    Interestingly, when I finally decided that ER was what I wanted and nothing else, I touched basis with another old classmate who got tired of seeing me sob in so much negativity and she went out of her way to speak to her manager to get me a job on her med-surg floor. When the manager called and offered me an interview, I declined.

    By all means, if anyone gets offered any hospital position you should go for it if you want to. But for me, I was at a point where it was either ER or nothing.
  9. Visit  toyosee profile page
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    Bumping the topic
  10. Visit  CinnamonRose profile page
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    Degree type: MSN (direct entry); 3.98 GPA
    Time out of school: 3 months
    # of positions applied to date: ~20
    Dream RN position: NICU. Neonatology interests me more than any other nursing specialty but with experience, I can be passionate about basically anything-- surgery, renal, etc. I'm a major science nerd.
    Hospital experience: Volunteered at a local hospital for about 4 years; 750+ hours
    Where do you live: Northern California
    What are you doing now: Volunteering and seeking out new graduate RN positions in California. Trying to stay optimistic.
    Favorite color: Crimson
    How you cope with unemployment: I draw, read, and bake.
    Last edit by CinnamonRose on Mar 3
  11. Visit  juliaguliaRN profile page
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    I wish I found this thread when it started - I was like so many of you. Graduated in 2010 and desperate to find a job, it took 3 years and moving out of state to finally land a job that would eventually lead me to my dream specialty back here in California. It was a very, VERY expensive 10 months (that's all the time it took in my first job before being hired for my current job) but worth it. Chin up to you all still searching for that open door, and don't be afraid to search for it outside of California. There's no place like home, but leaving it for a bit makes you appreciate it that much more.
  12. Visit  CinnamonRose profile page
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    JuliaguliaRN, BSN - Thank you for sharing! What state did you move to (I'm beginning to look at out-of-state options)? And what specialty are in now?

    Congrats on making it! It gives the rest of us California new grads hope!


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