New Grad Nurses struggling to find jobs - CNN Reporter wants to hear from you - page 10

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    Quote from LRetterath
    Three months is not a long time to be looking for a job. I have always heard that there is a nursing shortage so my expectations were unrealistic. I expected to pass boards and have a job immediately. Now that I know that it may take six months, I have a different perspective.[/QUOTE
    That's what I heard too which is why I am trying to become an LPN. Jobs everywhere. I am hoping that it is not state to state and just in certain areas. Is it just in hospitals? Or are nursing homes not hiring either? I do know around here nursing homes tend to hire LPN's quickly, so getting a job is not that hard. From what I have been told anyway. The thing is, I am not sure where I will be in a year so I am hoping once I become an LPN (fingers crossed) I will be able to get a job where I will eventually be.

    This is an eye opener for me because that's all that is told to us. No enough nurses.

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    I live in Milwaukee, WI. I submitted my story and talked to the reporter. I graduated in May, passed boards in August... i have 10 years of medical experiance 4 being as an ER tech in a level 1 trauma Center... In dec i FINALLY got a .3 (every 3rd weekend) position in an ER - and Not at the hospital i have been at for 6 years... (that place i couldnt get a job and barely could even get an interview!!). I applied for everything and anything not just ER. I was even contacted by agencies however i didnt think it would be a great idea 1 day of orientation and your on your own (didnt think it was wise for a new grad)... Anyways i havent and still dont have health insurance since i graduated school so still applying for Fulltime positions and hoping my experiance im gaining at my new ER job will help...

    I tried to get names and phone numbers of recruiters and HR departments and just be persistant... it worked i have a job and maybe something else in the works a fulltime job... but we will see.
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    I have a asn degree and most hospitals in in nyc want a Bsn.The poster that you quoted most likely has a bsn, while i will not have that degree till 1 1/2 from now.When i do graduate from a bsn program i will not qualify for a new grad position even though i have never worked in an hospital setting. The hospitals do this so they dont have to pay your for experience. I have found a job after 4-6 months, what i wanted to state is if new york wants to hire bsns in the hospital do away with aas degree but they wont do that because it is a money maker bottom line .Most of my nursing instrutors that have thier msn currently started out with thier aas.Everything leads back to money most of the leaders in the nursing profession started out with an aas and worked thier way up to an msn, but i guess they think nurses of this generation do not want to continue thier education which most actually.Most people i graduated with are enrolled in an bsn program.
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    depending where you are you really have to apply everywhere home health,clinics ,hospitals and something will latch on thats what i did. continue on with your bsn while u work as an nurse. i know bsns that owe over 50k for a nursing degree that is crazy ,people need to wake up and see this is all about the bottom line for these schools to make a profit
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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    Graduated with a BSN in 2011. Seems like many of my peers had job offers upon graduation or shortly after. Some from practicum placement, most on units where they worked. I was in the subset who didn't work as a PCA during school, so fell into the group that had a difficult time finding a job. Having kept in contact with many people who initially didn't find a job, most (all that I know of) did find jobs eventually...some in LTC or psych, several in a PDN agency that I also took a job with initially. It took me seven months to land a hospital job. Two of my friends who also worked at the PDN agency just now found hospital jobs, but at least they had work.

    I know quite a few people who graduated with ICU and ER jobs right out of the gate. At least two others held out until the end of summer and landed L&D/Mother/Baby jobs. At least three others moved out of the area to get pediatric jobs. It seems, to me at least, that the people with actual prior medical experience had the strangely hardest time getting a job -- the LPNs, paramedics, and former military medics.
    This was my problem. I got offered one LPN job (I had been an LPN for years before my RN) but it was a huge pay cut and it seemed stupid to take it. But there was a chance I'd become elligible for an RN job so I was seriously considering taking it....thank goodness I finally got a job offer for an RN job!!!
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    Quote from buffbutterfly
    That's what I heard too which is why I am trying to become an LPN. Jobs everywhere. I am hoping that it is not state to state and just in certain areas. Is it just in hospitals? Or are nursing homes not hiring either? I do know around here nursing homes tend to hire LPN's quickly, so getting a job is not that hard. From what I have been told anyway. The thing is, I am not sure where I will be in a year so I am hoping once I become an LPN (fingers crossed) I will be able to get a job where I will eventually be.

    This is an eye opener for me because that's all that is told to us. No enough nurses.
    Cannot speak for "everywhere" but in NYC LPNs have long been phased out of acute hospital care. IIRC some places such as Mount Sinai and NYP still have them but they work in clinics or some such.

    Also because so many hospitals are pushing for the BSN many ADN grads and even experienced nurses with that degree are finding the only work to be had in LTC/nursing homes/rehab. This has created a happy hunting ground for said facilities as they have access to a large pool of nurses from one level above a LPN that they often don't have to offer that much more in wages/bennies.
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    Quote from letarn2b
    I have a asn degree and most hospitals in in nyc want a Bsn.The poster that you quoted most likely has a bsn, while i will not have that degree till 1 1/2 from now.When i do graduate from a bsn program i will not qualify for a new grad position even though i have never worked in an hospital setting. The hospitals do this so they dont have to pay your for experience. I have found a job after 4-6 months, what i wanted to state is if new york wants to hire bsns in the hospital do away with aas degree but they wont do that because it is a money maker bottom line .Most of my nursing instrutors that have thier msn currently started out with thier aas.Everything leads back to money most of the leaders in the nursing profession started out with an aas and worked thier way up to an msn, but i guess they think nurses of this generation do not want to continue thier education which most actually.Most people i graduated with are enrolled in an bsn program.
    There are still more than a few RNs even in NYS/NYC that started out as diploma grads and have gone onto their BSN and above. The last class of Saint Vinny's school in The Village graduated in 1997 for instance.

    Healthcare facilities do not control nursing schools other than those directly or indirectly owned by them such as Beth Israel's nursing program. Even there from what one understands Continuum Partners (umbrella group that owns Beth Israel Medical Center, St.Lukes-Rossevelt, etc) does not promise grads from Beth Israel's school jobs upon graduation.

    The *money* in nursing education is in Albany who controls education in NYS.
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    Will you let us know when she writes up her story?
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    Quote from sandya46
    Hi,
    I have been a nurse for 20+ years. Due to an accident injury and a health issue, I can no longer work the floor. I am having just as hard a time as the new grads trying to find a job that is not on the floor...and I have my Masters! How about us with this issue? I have lots of interviews and then nothing. I feel like as soon as a couple of the major health systems in my area get my resume`, they toss it out and sending the reject letter! I was perfectly qualified for one position and found out later it went to a new grad! I feel very discriminated against. I am not the only one with this issue either. If so many places won't hire the new grads and won't hire experienced nurses like me, what the heck do they want?
    Thank you,
    Sandra Arens MSN RN
    I'm sorry to hear this. Maybe we could team up and come up with something. "Formerly" experienced nurses (sic) and new grads could team up somehow. Maybe open up a clinic together, could get some sort of funding. New grads have the numbers, you have the experience. Both of us are being passed over. Also there's a whole lot of new grad doctors looking for residencies...just a thought.
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    Quote from DizzyLizzyNurse

    This was my problem. I got offered one LPN job (I had been an LPN for years before my RN) but it was a huge pay cut and it seemed stupid to take it. But there was a chance I'd become elligible for an RN job so I was seriously considering taking it....thank goodness I finally got a job offer for an RN job!!!
    As a LPN in my program, there were people who had no prior experience doing direct pt care who were getting jobs sooner rather than later...I'm starting a job 8 months post licensure...I was not "snapped up"...it does feel good to start a job, but I would feel better if there were more nurses who did not have a difficult time finding work.
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