How do I get a job? 'RN who lacks experience'

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    I'm a new grad, got ACLS while I have applied to hundreds of RN positions at hospitals in northern CA. Almost all have come back saying 'you lack experience'. I'm not being picky where I'm applying either! I need some advice. I thought getting ACLS would help me get a job, but I guess I am wrong. No interviews and a lot of frustration - how can I get experience if you will not hire me!

    Thanks for any advice!
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    Welcome to the realities of the New Grad dilemma.

    I need a job, but I cant get hired without experience.

    Honestly, I think someone should just SHUT DOWN ALL RN schools for a few years.. so the new grads that already graduated can get jobs.
    anzean_rn, jenn8500, cokito, and 4 others like this.
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    I feel your pain jitterbug.

    I've had my RN license for almost a year now. No job yet. The search continues....so frustrating.
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    how about you forget about hospital and try different areas, such as doctors office, nursing homes....I mean anything.
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    Quote from josinda421
    how about you forget about hospital and try different areas, such as doctors office, nursing homes....I mean anything.

    I have been doing that, even those places want experienced nurses now. I'm not picky at all. My goal is to eventually work in Home Health, or Hospice, but in the mean time I will take what I can get. Just no one is calling me yet. I have been trying calling them, sending letters of interest...ect. but nothing so far.
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    Quote from jitterbugg
    i'm a new grad, got acls while i have applied to hundreds of rn positions at hospitals in northern ca. almost all have come back saying 'you lack experience'. i'm not being picky where i'm applying either! i need some advice. i thought getting acls would help me get a job, but i guess i am wrong. no interviews and a lot of frustration - how can i get experience if you will not hire me!


    why would having acls help to get a job? it is a certificate that anyone can get. you do not have to be a nurse. besides, without work experience, your acls knowledge will be non-existent! the best thing to do to gain work experience is to move.

    Quote from isisc
    i have been doing that, even those places want experienced nurses now. i'm not picky at all. my goal is to eventually work in home health, or hospice, but in the mean time i will take what i can get. just no one is calling me yet. i have been trying calling them, sending letters of interest...ect. but nothing so far.


    you need to move too.

    jitterbug, isisc, and anyone else having the same trouble, move to texas. texas and very few other states will hire new grads in great numbers. in fact, texas will take new grads into specially areas inside and outside of the hospital setting and train them. of course, many times you will need to provide a 1-2 year commitment, but who cares? once you have it, you should be able to move back to ca or wherever with work experience. gl!
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    "Why would having ACLS help to get a job? It is a certificate that anyone can get. You do not have to be a nurse. Besides, without work experience, your ACLS knowledge will be non-existent!"


    ACLS is not a certificate just anyone can get...I dont think my plumber could run a mega code.

    It helps people get jobs all the time. Im not saying its a deal closer, but when a facility sees theres a skill you have that others dont (that they dont have to pay for) it does give you a leg up. If even a small one.
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    Relocation in itself is a catch-22. You need to move to increase your job prospects? You need money. How does one get money most of the time? A job.
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    I hate when the only advice people have is to move. Not everyone can just pick up everything and move across the country.
    JM RN, symphie, and Catch22Personified like this.
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    Quote from antmarchingrn
    acls is not a certificate just anyone can get...i dont think my plumber could run a mega code.

    think again. a plumber will not be able to use the cert because he/she will not be hired by a facility to be in a position to run a code. however this does not mean that a plumber is unable to obtain an acls certificate. fyi, lawyers, who are not nurses or emts or docs or rts etc., obtain acls certs. it helps them to have enough knowledge to add to a law suit against a health care provider who is acls certified.
    CCL RN and pinkchris2000 like this.


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