Just need to vent... it's so unfair!

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    So I finished nursing school in May... graduated at the top of my class, was one of the first to pass the boards, and one of the first in my class with a job offer. I started applying back in January, and got my offer in February.
    The problem is that my employer randomly decided to push my start date back to July! So everyone else in my class who slacked off on doing their applications, and many who haven't even taken the boards yet are already working as nurses. Meanwhile, I am the still working as a tech, with a RN license! It's just not fair! (this is just a vent, I know how lucky I am to even have a job, etc, etc.)
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    That does suck. I would have looked somewhere else if I were you.
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    Quote from chicookie
    That does suck. I would have looked somewhere else if I were you.
    That's easy to say, but in this economy, it's not a smart thing to do.

    This is one of the first years where new grad RN's are having a very difficult time finding jobs. I am one of only a small handful of my graduating class to even have a job....at all.

    My advice to the OP is to tread lightly.....is the orientation for ALL New Grad RN's pushed back to July...or is it just yours?

    Usually hospitals do all the May grads at the same time or have a couple of different start dates. If they have already had an orientation since May for New Grads....then tread extra lightly...there may be a reason for it.

    Also, since you have passed boards, you are held to the standard of an RN even though you are not working in that capacity.
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    I would have, but at this point all the new grad jobs in my area have been filled. There are plenty of others that graduated with me who still don't even have positions... plus I've worked at this place for almost three years and don't want to start from scratch someplace else.
    That's probably why they felt they could change my start date: I've always been a "go with the flow" kind of employee. It didn't actually bother me that much when they first told me, but now that everyone else has started... yeah, I better not think too much about it, because I just get irritated.
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    Quote from BabyLady
    That's easy to say, but in this economy, it's not a smart thing to do.
    I didn't say quit. =D
    Looking doesn't mean quitting the position one is in. I guess I think differently because I didn't limit myself to only new grad programs and got a job on the floor right off the bat without have to go through the whole new grad program and it worked for me. And since the op is a tech at the hospital, they can go to other floors and talk with other managers.
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    Quote from 86toronado
    I would have, but at this point all the new grad jobs in my area have been filled. There are plenty of others that graduated with me who still don't even have positions... plus I've worked at this place for almost three years and don't want to start from scratch someplace else.
    That's probably why they felt they could change my start date: I've always been a "go with the flow" kind of employee. It didn't actually bother me that much when they first told me, but now that everyone else has started... yeah, I better not think too much about it, because I just get irritated.

    That is the reason I did what I did, I was already working for the hospital for 2 1/2 years when I became a nurse and as soon as I did I went to the managers that were hiring and talked with them.
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    Most new grad programs start in July. Don't worry you will have plenty of time to perform all your nursing duties. July is in two weeks. Enjoy your freedom now because the responsibility is gonna be overwhelming at first. I will be finished with my 9 week orientation in 2 weeks. I have had a good orientation but its still alot of work. Hang in there and wait it out.
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    My new grad orientation starts in July as well. Many of my nursing school buddies are still waiting for their ATT, so I think the hospitals are smart for putting orientation in later July.

    I was wondering, how is it that you can still work as a tech in your hospital? Are they paying you an RN salary? From what my nursing school profs claim is that when you work as a tech and have a license, if something happens you are still required to act as a licensed RN in case litigation were to come up.
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    I wondered that too... but my employer is continuing to let me work as a tech, and I need $, I can't go without working, so I hadn't brought it up to them. According to the other RN's on the floor though it isn't unusual, so I am just as BabyLady said "treading lightly".
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    Quote from 86toronado
    it didn't actually bother me that much when they first told me, but now that everyone else has started... yeah, i better not think too much about it, because i just get irritated.
    i think you have the right idea to not think too much about it.... think positive and move forward. when others who have no life bring up their outrage involving your situation, understand that they really don't care. the only reason they are bringing the issue up is because they are looking for you to react negatively and bitterly. of course, it is ok to vent here because we won't tell. by the way, i know how you feel...

    i was working as a tech then nurse extern to move into the er or icu (at the time i was not sure which i would like more) and upon graduation i ended up in the situation i am in today... floating various floors because of reorganization. also, people who graduated 6 months after i did were hired into the icu and the ed, the two departments that were not hiring when i graduated. not to mention those who were hired onto floors that are hard to land did so despite not being a good student (i could go on). thus, i am living my own advice.
    :d

    my positive outlook on my situation is that when i look back on my nursing career, i will see that i took a slight detour through medical surgical nursing on various floors that helped me to gain many skills that translate into working extremely well in the ed! what is your positive belief related to this experience? i'm willing to bet that once your orientation starts, you will have a lot more appreciation and passion then those who did not have to wait to begin!
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