RN New Grad- can't find a job!

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    Hi all,

    Newbie here. I graduated last month and have been applying like crazy and can't seem to land a job. Any suggestions? I'm beginning to think my IP is worthless. I plan on taking my boards sometime next month. Any tips on studying for the NCLEX?

    Thanks all!
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    have you tried Sharp Hospital? they have many job openings for new grad nursing. BTW, where abouts in CA are you?
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    Quote from leilah75
    have you tried Sharp Hospital? they have many job openings for new grad nursing. BTW, where abouts in CA are you?
    thanks for the reply. :spin: I'm in the Sacramento/Roseville area.
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    Quote from Cali_Nurse07
    thanks for the reply. :spin: I'm in the Sacramento/Roseville area.
    How about UC Davis or Kaiser? Also, you will have a slightly better chance after you pass your boards. Timing is everything. There were a lot of graduates in Dec, so all of you are flooding the market. I would suggest you study like crazy to pass your boards and apply online. Also look at community hospitals and clinics. You could do per diem after your new grad training on the floor (anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks long). Good luck!
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    I just got an email showing kaiser in roseville is hiring "RO.0700886 -- Staff Nurse II/I/IP (5217487) ". Here is hte link: http://kaiserext.kaiserpermanentejob...eresc=ERNOTIFY
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    You always have better results after passing the NCLEX exam, it will open up many more doors for you. Most facilities no longer want to take a chance on anyone because if they do not pass, then they cannot work in the role of the RN and it makes it harder for everyone all of the way around.

    Always better to test first and then apply. You are up against many others that are also applying and those with a license are going to have one up on you.


    As you noticed, only one posted that there was a facility that was even considering the IP.
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    Thank you all for your help and support. I'm going to focus on passing the boards for now. This site is awesome for NCLEX preparation advice!
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    I was applying in Oct for new grad spots... everyone already had their Jan cut off. I already had my RN license, too. I ended up just not even moving to CA (was moving to San Diego on my husband's military orders.. and now just he is going) and moved back to my homestate.
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    Quote from suzanne4
    You always have better results after passing the NCLEX exam, it will open up many more doors for you. Most facilities no longer want to take a chance on anyone because if they do not pass, then they cannot work in the role of the RN and it makes it harder for everyone all of the way around.

    Always better to test first and then apply. You are up against many others that are also applying and those with a license are going to have one up on you.


    As you noticed, only one posted that there was a facility that was even considering the IP.

    The "test first, then apply" strategy only applies in certain geographic areas. In many areas, if you don't line up your new grad job before graduation, you'll be left with the jobs nobody else wanted. The best new grad jobs are all filled by graduation time.

    Hospitals may want you to pass boards before you actually start employment, but many will extend the job offers contigent upon passing NCLEX a couple of months before ahead of time. For example, for the summer new grad positions ... those offers are most often made in March through May. The new grad is expected to graduate in May, take boards in June and start work in July or August. People who wait until June or July to apply may be told they have to wait until September or October to start because our orientation programs in July or August may be filled to capacity.

    My advice for all senior nursing students is to contact the recruiters for the hospitals that you are interested in mid-way through your senior year and ASK THEM what their preferred timetable is. They can tell you what is typical and preferred for their organization. What is true in one city (and for one hospital) might not be true for everyone. Contact them early and find out what THEY prefer.
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    :icon_rollI wish I had known this before I graduated. So to all of those who are getting close to graduating, apply before you graduate because new grad orientations usually begin shortly after graduation.


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