I finished school december 08, got CA license on June 09. Been looking around for new grad program around inland empire/OC/LA area but no luck. I'm still BLS cert'd and going to get my ACLS next week. Hopefully it will increase my chance at landing a job.
About getting started at LTC or SNF, I tried 4 different facilities around my area but still no luck. I have been working as patient care tech at a major teaching hospital in the area for over 2 yrs now but most facilities (hospitals and SNFs) don't count it as experience. I missed out my workplace's new grad hiring session because I hadn't get my license at the time, so i'm out of luck.
One thing that bugged the crap out of me right now is the statement from the recruiter from one of the hospitals I tried to apply. Lemme give you some background. Got my license in june and been applying everywhere since then. This hospital was one of the first batch of hospital I applied for a position. They always have listing for CCU and ED, but my apps weren't selected. I thought "no biggie, they probably want experience".....One of my co-workers, who happened to graduated this past may from the same school I went, told me that she applied at that same hospital AND already got a scheduled interview. she said that hospital is starting their new grad program and opening up a bunch of openings on various floor.
So, I applied for few more positions on their website before going for my lunch. when I get back from lunch, all of my apps status changed to "not selected". The past few apps that I tried at that hospital usually take few days to a week before the status being updated. this time they just straight up trash out my apps. I emailed the hospital's recruiter about this issue and she called me the next morning.
this is what she said (to sum it up),"Our hospital new grad program are available for those that graduated within may/june of this year. based on your resume, you did not qualify for our new grad program because you graduated on december of last year"
I was like ***???? what is the difference between new grad from may/june and new grad from december of previous year? I took a time off to spend time with my family before getting my license and didn't even bother to use my IP. So, technically I am a new grad because I never use my RN license to get a job.
I told this encounter to some of the RNs I work with. They said that's ridiculous. One of them even said it look like discrimination.
So here are my question? what do you think of this situation? If any nursing recruiter happened to read this thread, is this a normal practice/policy in hiring new grad? if it does, what would new grads that have similar situation like me can do to land a job? I'm pretty sure there are some new grads out here who didn't/can't get licensure for whatever reason.
Although this issue is bugging me, I still keep my eyes open for other positions at other hospitals around my area. I just feel like to let out this one and hopefully I can get some helpful feedback and suggestions out of this forum.