I graduated with my BSN in May 2012, and took and passed my NCLEX in June. Recently after this, I moved to California. I have 3 months of experience as an RN, but that pretty much means nothing out here. I have been job searching for the past 3 months and absolutely cannot find a position. I have read several forums about how hard it is to find a RN position being a new grad. Is there any advice any one has? I am willing to relocate anywhere in the state of California, and have applied to several positions all over the state. I dont have any connections here, and i feel that is a main issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :\
Dec 8, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from ExPharmaGirl
Meriwhen, I'm pretty sure I know which hospital you are talking about. I have friends that work there as CNAs that haven't been able to get hired.
Yeah, it's pretty brutal. When I graduated a few years ago, the new grad job market had already tanked, but most internal applicant classmates had no problems: only three were turned down from jobs, though one was able to get picked up at another hospital in the chain. Now it's no promise at all.
I still recommend getting a tech/CNA job pre-graduation for experience--I often wished I had but I couldn't at the time--but I definitely warn people not to rely solely on it to get hired later.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Dec 9, '12