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  1. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from lisamschmidtrn
    I am in upstate NY, about 2.5 hours north of NYC. I would be willing to commute and take a train into the city, but all the facilities want BSN it seems.
    please go to this link!!!! Brian (the founder) is collaborating with CNN! Tell them your story!

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  3. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    I should pass this on to my godmother. Her youngest got her BSN in 2010, and looked for a job for a year with no success. She ended up joining a yearlong medical mission trip to Haiti (and surviving 2 bouts of malaria) to get nursing experience. When she got back, she still couldn't find a job. She's now going for her MSN.
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  4. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    I can sympathize with the jobless new grads. I graduated in May 2008, and got my license in July. Massachusetts doesn't have "graduate nurse" status; you're a nurse the day you pass the boards. I'd been looking out-of-state since March. I found a job in LTC 8 months after graduation, but it was cancelled, and I was sent home 45 minutes into my first shift. I found another job 2 months later, in assisted living, and I had to move 250 miles for it.
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  5. Visit  Andrews_RN profile page
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    Do I have stories! I graduated December 2011 and moved from Arizona to Seattle, WA. I thought that i would have a better chance by physically being in Washington. I had a hard time getting my foot in the door. Even though I had a lot of interviews, I always got the same response of we'd rather go with someone local who has done clinicals here. It was so disheartening! I worked my butt off to get through nursing school and felt like even though I graduated with honors it was doing nothing for me. I had to take a job in peds inpatient psych over an hour away from my house. It was part time and paid barely over minimum wage, but I was so desperate for any experience I couldn't turn it down. I got to a point by July that I couldn't afford rent or food and I couldn't get back home due to cost either. It had been so long that I had felt good at something that I was frankly just depressed. Finally, and it seems like kind of out of nowhere, that I got caught a break. I went to what I told myself would be 'one last interview' before I had to start reconsidering nursing altogether. It was at a big medical center downtown. I felt like I had nothing to lose at that point and was just honest about my love for the northwest and my passion for nursing. I guess it was what they were looking for because I have been there since August.
    I don't know what I would have done without my current hospital giving me this chance. The whole process was very rough and at times I was angry at how ill prepared I was for the reality of the job market by my nursing school. All the professors had ever talked about was the nursing shortage and how we could go anywhere with our degrees after graduation. I would encourage anyone who wants to get into nursing to understand what a hard road it is right now. It's something you really have to have passion for to be able to tough out all the bumps along the way.
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  6. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from joanna73
    For the longest time, nurses had no issue with finding work, although this ebbs and flows in cycles. So people naturally expect that nursing jobs are abundant. However, the trend will be home care and palliative care mainly. Jobs in hospitals are disappearing, so nursing has become like every other profession for new grads.
    Thank you! How long have I been saying that? *LOL*

    Every new grad nurse wants to work in hospital and truth be told inpatient beds in many areas of this country are decreasing. Between shorter patient stays and the growth of out-patient, ambulatory, and home care, coupled with an almost laser like focus on staffing ratios using such tools as call outs and so forth facilities are becoming very efficient in how they use their professional nursing service.

    Here in NYC one great hospital (Saint Vincent's) was shut down and in it's place will be an urgent care center. While that *might* serve some of the needs of the local community it certianly will not generate anywhere near the number of nursing jobs as the former hospital. Westchester Square hospital is going the same way with Montefiore planning something similar.
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  7. Visit  Tabdelhafiz profile page
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    After I passed my NCLEX, I immediately started applying for jobs. I got an interview and job offer for every job I applied for, except for hospital positions. I did not have any experience and was told that was the reason. All other jobs responded quickly.
  8. Visit  kogafietsen profile page
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    Tabdelhafiz-- just curious what part of the country are you in (I didn't see a city for your profile).

    Thanks.
    Last edit by kogafietsen on Jan 10, '13 : Reason: typo
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  9. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from letarn2b
    The job market for nyc hospitals is a joke they want 1-2years experience and a BSN. I graduated with my AAS and it tookover 4months to find a job and when i finish my BSN in the next 1 1/2 i dont qualify as a new grad because i have worked the past two years but not in a hospital setting. If they want a BSN to be the standard IN nyc they should dismiss the AAS programs since the hospitals are not hiring them. Its all a money making thing i know bsns that cant find a job also ,and a good point to consider is that bsn programs are expensive here who wants 50k debt for a rn degree when you could go to a community college and owe 15k or less for the two years and hopefully find a job after graduation and work while you get your bsn. Thats the option i choose.
    Again I don't know about all that: http://allnurses.com/new-york-nursin...wo-806751.html

    For every new grad or experienced nurse who posts on the local NY board they cannot find work,others pipe up they haven't any problems.

    NYP perfers internal applicants for it's new hire program. NYU wants only those with GPAs at or >3.5 in nursing and sciences, NS-LIJ (Lennox Hill, Staten Island University Hospital system) says it wants BSN nurses only, Mount Sinai seems some sort of nursing Valhalla where only goddesses and gods are wanted, and so it goes.

    No wonder Hunter-Bellevue has revamped their undergraduate BSN program and is taking a combined with ABSN only 100 students in total. Better to prepare a handful of excellent grads who pass the boards on their first attempt and are desirable new hires than to crank em out and them them hanging.
    Last edit by DoGoodThenGo on Jan 10, '13 : Reason: Content added
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  10. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from GrnTea
    What does CNN get out of this? Glad to see AN intersecting with other media and corporations.
    Hopefully whatever professional journalism gains from doing a hard looking good news piece on relevant topic.

    Everywhere you go there is nothing but noise about a "nursing shortage" and how healthcare is one of the brightest spots in the US economy and will be even more as Obamacare is fully phased in. You've got persons going into debt for tens of thousands for nursing degrees because they believe it is a sure ticket to job security. Someone needs to take away that pitcher of Kool-Aid and serve up some reality.
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  11. Visit  netglow profile page
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    I'll agree that some new grads are picky. But that is a small percentage. There are simply thousands of willing nurses out there. Opportunity is just hard to find. Illinois pumps out about 5000 new RNs each year.
    http://nursing.illinois.gov/PDF/IlAp...es01292010.PDF

    One big mistake is the idea that nursing homes hire lots of nurses, when in fact they hire few nurses. The poor oversight of so many facilities is hard to stomach for many nurses - absolutely horrible conditions abound in some of these places on the level of pure misery for patient and nurse alike - but for some reason, these facilities never get shut down.

    A new nurse must also look out for Home Health and Hospice agencies - a few new ones every year it seems in my area. Many have absolutely no clinical infrastructure - all you need to start up a home health co. or a hospice is: Greed, a loan, the purchase of an EMR, and a bunch of doe-eyed unknowing new grad nurses with shiny new licenses to chart billing to Medicare. It's an epidemic.
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  12. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from netglow
    I'll agree that some new grads are picky. But that is a small percentage. There are simply thousands of willing nurses out there. Opportunity is just hard to find.

    One big mistake is the idea that nursing homes hire lots of nurses, when in fact they hire few nurses. The poor oversight of so many facilities is hard to stomach for many nurses - absolutely horrible conditions abound in some of these places on the level of pure misery for patient and nurse alike - but for some reason, these facilities never get shut down.

    A new nurse must also look out for Home Health and Hospice agencies - a few new ones every year it seems in my area. Many have absolutely no clinical infrastructure - all you need to start up a home health co. or a hospice is: Greed, a loan, the purchase of an EMR, and a bunch of doe-eyed unknowing new grad nurses with shiny new licenses to chart billing to Medicare. It's an epidemic.
    You and I both know why poor to horrible nursing homes/LTCs aren't shut down. Aside from political connections they usually care for a population that by and large have no other options financially. Medicaid and to an extent Medicare funding alone don't make running such places easy so corners are cut or other tricks of the trade are used to get the numbers where they need to be.

    This all works until something hits the fan then you have the usual loud noises that result in pretty much rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    Charity care in this country is no easy haul, but there are some places both hospitals and LTCs that manage. However more and more they are running up against financial costs that make running the place impossible. Case in point Cabrini LTC in the East Village, Manhattan: EV Grieve: [UPDATED] Source: Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will close in 4-5 months; condos on the way
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  13. Visit  cheri1859 profile page
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    Oh my! I really wonder why I'm putting myself and my family through this! I knew going into an ADN program I would have to continue on to get my BSN - but I was really hoping to "work" my way through the BSN program. Then to read that some that have their BSN need to get their masters to get a job???!!! That is a whole lot of debt!!! To think that I was hoping to be able to work in order to pay for my kids tuitions - I'm lucky if I can pay my own!!! Very discouraging indeed! Good luck everyone!!!!!
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  14. Visit  cheri1859 profile page
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    I will also add that luckily I have no issue with working in a LTC facility or Hospice facility - age on baby boomers!!! I'm ready to take care of you...
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