Hello to all who read this thread. I love this website and hope my plea reach as much ears as possible.
Background on me:
My name is Leslie Ann Rodriguez. In May 2012, I graduated from the CUNY-Herbert H Lehman College
with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
. I pursued excellence in nursing studies as demonstrated by my academic honors. To prepare me for employment as a new grad nurse, I completed the Montefiore Summer for Clinical Assistants
(Student Nurse Intern). Currently, I live in Bronx New York so that you can get an idea of my difficulty.
Personal view on job opportunities:
Many articles state that there is a shortage of nurses and it will continue to grow in the upcoming years. Others say there is only a shortage in places OTHER than the cities. Even in nursing school and hospitals whispered constantly in my ear that there is a shortage and will always have a job somewhere. I am not sure which is personally correct when it comes to location other than NY (specifically the five boroughs) DO NOT hire new grad nurses (at least make it extremely difficult). Hospitals, even long term care facilities and visiting nurse service demand 1 to 2 years experience. ACLS certification is also becoming popular.
I have done (and I keep a list) over 100+ applications online for an RN position (hospitals and others). It has come to a point where I even did research on working as an LPN with an RN license -->>> I decided it was too risky since I will be held to an RN scope of practice even with an LPN job description. When that idea failed, I resorted to walking my area for MD practices. While I knew medical assistants programs exploded this year, I had no idea on the effect it would have on me. 98% of the practices I went to do not
hire nurses. They use only medical assistants. One facility employee took a jab at me by saying they only hire medical assistants because they do just as much work as nurses and at a cheaper cost.
I tried doing everything I can possibly think of to get a job:
-Online applications to everything I find
-Speaking to professional contacts on job availability
-Spoke to friends and family
-Created online webpages
-Used different venues of job searches (Ex. Monty, HHC, Craigslist, LinkedIn, VNS, RecruitANurse, and so forth)
-Brain is so tired I can't think anymore....
Please, all who read this thread, do you know any facility/hospital/anyone who will hire a hardworking new grad nurse?
I appreciate all those who read this thread and any help I receive.
Sep 13, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
You are in a bad job market, and while you may find it difficult to locate for many reasons, it unfortunately may also be one of the few viable options.
The other option is to look outside of NYC at the surrounding areas. As you've seen in your search, jobs in NYC are very hard to come by--there are too many others just like you that are trying to land work there. So while you can definitely keep trying to work in NYC, you really need to broaden your horizons and look at other areas.
Try searching through the entire Tri-State area, including facilities that are NOT located in the major metropolitan areas. Upstate New York may also be an option: the fact that you live in the Bronx puts you close to Westchester, Dutchess and Orange counties, so you can also search there. Long Island may also offer some options, but keep in mind that it's also a tough market there. Still, you won't know if you try.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Sep 13, '12