How do you land a hospital job as a new grad RN

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    Is this really even possible?? The area attended school and completed clinicals in has hiring freezes at their local hospitals. The region is saturated with RNs, especially in the town I went to complete my degree. I have applied at every hospital within an hour radius. I've even thought about moving across state lines, where the job market is slightly better, but I don't have the money saved up to do something like that right now.

    CAn anyone offer advice on HOW to get a job in an acute care setting?!! I'm in LTC/"Skilled", have 25 patients, and don't like it one bit. Just the number of people is too high and idc if others say their acuity is lower. If something goes wrong, it goes wrong! The #s are too high & I don't have enough supportive staff.

    I'm a new grad and supposedly the "RN supervisor" when I'm at work. There is one other nurse on site, and she is a new grad LPN.

    Please help me, I need to work in a hospital
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    Seems like you are caught up in an environment where getting an acute care job is just not going to happen - at least not for a while. Major life lesson.... there are some circumstances that you simply cannot change. When you encounter them, you either adapt or take an action that will result in a change in those circumstances. In this case, the only way to change them is by relocating to an area with better acute care job prospects. If relocation is just not possible, your only option is to adapt. Have you looked at other non-acute jobs? Clinics? Physician practice? Home Care?

    The US healthcare economy is is a major downslide. Acute care jobs are continuing to shrink. Things could definitely get worse before they stabilize.... there are no predictions about any sort of improvement. It really sucks, but that is today's reality.
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    Can you do home health? I get wanting acute care, I really do, but right now as new grads, we aren't really that marketable. I'm currently working home health full time. It can be isolating and I do miss having co workers, but I'm finding that I have enough time to really learn certain interventions. Also, the home health company gives us new grads lower acuity patients and as we progress in our skills we get higher acuity.

    I'm currently still applying for acute care, but being picky (maternity and NICU only) but I have the means to do so, and have an interview for a maternity job! Keep trying, but remember to humble yourself, we are new grads after all and the money that hospitals have to spend to train us is quite eye opening.
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    If relocation isn't a problem for you, consider residencies at hospitals. They help to bridge the gap between "new grad" and "experienced".
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    Have you been to any job fairs? That is what my edge was and I had ZERO medical experience. Go in a nice suit and have resumes AND cover letters for all hospitals you know will be there.
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    Continue applying and network with those who have jobs at the hospitals. I know one student from my class who had a nurse supervisor position and I hope she gets a job in a hospital soon. I was hoping that my department would have a position for her because she's a good nurse but they switched three of us to full-time instead of hiring more part-timers.
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    I'm basically in the same boat. Good luck in finding something soon.
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    What part of the country are you in? I know that location has alot to do with the job market. I would have to respectfully disagree with the suggestion to do home health care right off the bat.
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    What I did was email nurse managers of the floor I was applying to. I basically said I was the best there was and that their floor was my passion and why I was passionate about it. This gets their attention and it got me my job at my top hospital and I had zero experience and live in a really saturated city.
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