Quote from llg
Finally, you may simply be applying for the wrong jobs. Some types of nursing jobs are not likely to be offered to a new grad under any circumstances because the job requires the nurse to exercise sophisticated judgement and/or work fairly autonomously. A wise employer will always seek an experienced RN for such a position. Other positions offer such attractive hours and/or working conditions that the employer can pick and choose among several experienced applicants -- even during a nursing shortage. They may therefore choose not to invest in the resources necessary to meet a new grad's special needs and instead, hire only experienced nurses because it is more economical to do so. It would be unrealistic for a new grad to be offered such a job.
Of course, I don't know the specific situation in your case. But these are some of the reasons why it can be difficult for a new grad to find that "perfect dream job" or even a "good job" immediately after graduation in spite of the nursing shortage. During a shortage, employers have to be particularly careful with the investment of their resources.
I agree with this.
Frequently, a hospital will advertise openings, and SOME will be appropriate for a new grad, but not all. The other issue is going into a unit that has a serious shortage. How will you, as a new grad, be able to orient properly in units that can only have two RNs at night (one being the new grad)?
Another issue, is that units may hire new grads, but limit how many that they take at a time. A good manager will not hire so many new grads at one time to overrun their resources. This provides a poor/inadequate orientation and may lead to "eating our young".
The unit has to be able to orient you properly or it does a disservice to you and the facility. It can also seriously stress/discourage the new grad and the staff.
As a traveler, I frequently get pulled into onco units with a shortage. I cover much of the day to day issues, freeing a staffer to have time to properly orient new grads. This may mean that fewer new grads get a job for 3-6 monthes, until the unit has oriented some of its new staff,has them "up to speed" and can handle more.
Another issue, is that experience will generally be preferred. The facility wants to see if they can get experienced personnel but will take a new grad, if no one "suitable" applies.
And lastly, many new grads are applying for positions that are not appropriate or that preferred by all nurses, and will get shifted to low in the queue. Day positions, L&D, Peds, ER, ICU are all popular and senior people with experience are often going to take priority. Sometimes as a new grad, you will have to take a less popular position until you do prove yourself.
And, no, just because there is a shortage, does not mean that you will have a easier time getting "the perfect job".