May 31, '12 by Testa Rosa, RN
So sorry to hear all you new grads struggling out there; just breaks my heart. Please know that we floor nurses need your energy and your new blood and we miss you new grad hires. I've been nursing for almost two years now and have had my own very capable classmates still not land their first nursing job; I've had to support some very discouraged and depressed friends. I've also watched several new grads that have precepted on my unit just work so hard to land a job that never materialized even after everyone on our unit championed them. Stay strong, the wheels are starting to turn again. Volunteer, take classes, and consider moving farther afield.
I too dreamt of working at JMMC one day. Came close to getting hired as a new grad a couple years ago, and then applied recently and had an amazing interview in my dream unit only to have my heart crushed. ------------ and all the other staff I talked with are all very kind; they have no control over censes, the economy or the decisions made by higher ups.
I'm one of the lucky ones in that I work as an RN in another large Bay Area hospital BUT I live walking distance from the Walnut Creek campus and it just bothers me greatly that I am commuting to work at my chosen profession when I can walk to work if JMMC just hired me (I volunteered there for four years and did all my clinicals there and have letters of recommendation from their staff for crying out loud!).
I really hate when I get called in at my work because my unit is understaffed and I rush in Bay Area traffic all while worrying after my peeps who are doing short; I hate driving by JMMC down Ygnacio every time I commute to work. I keep thinking if I were called in due to staffing at JMMC I could be there in five minutes minus the huge carbon footprint I'm making now.
But it's not to be, so I've given up and since then new doors have opened up at the hospital where I've been working.
So maybe this is not our path because we are meant to go on a different journey. Keep up your spirits; where one door closes another opens.
Do something good for yourself to help you keep a good attitude. My job search became overwhelming for me at times and I just had to take a step back every now and then to recharge. It took me nearly a year after graduating to get my first nursing job and that was after doing an externship, a Mission trip, taking several classes, and getting certs in ACLS, EKG, Respiratory Skills. In the end, I was hired at my current hospital because my preceptor recommended me.
Best Wishes to you all.
Last edit by dianah on May 31, '12
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Count yourselves lucky. The way I hear it, things have been spiraling at John Muir for almost a year and a half. Evidently, yesterday they announced to staff that they're going to be laying people off.
I know jobs are hard to come by right now, but think about how the last class of new grads hired there feel now that they're looking at unemployment.
Last edit by Mike A. Fungin RN on Jul 3, '12
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