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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    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.
    Me too. I really think it was almost a curse to graduate in 2008 when the economy took a dive. Then, on top of not being able to find a job, we became stale old new grads. I moved twice for positions! The first one "did not work out" and the second, a Versant New Grad Program, I was disqualified for after my second interview, because my 3 months of prior experience excluded me from being a new grad. So, I was not good enough to be a staff nurse but I had too much experience to be a new grad. Talk about depressing. So, I took a position as an assistant in a clinic and loved it, but the pay was terrible. After a year of slaving away there, I thought I would be eligible for something in a hospital, but nope. Northern California is a killer unless you have 1 year of acute care. I am working now as a new School Nurse and I like it, but i really want to get acute care experience...and wonder if my current position will make me even less desirable. Wish you the best.
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    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.
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    You are lucky that you had any job offers. I passed the boards in November, have filled out every application for any position and have not had one phone call or interview. At this point, I will work anywhere just to gain some experience. Today I walked into an HR department in a hospital and left my resume. Hopefully another approach will work!
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    Quote from LRetterath
    You are lucky that you had any job offers. I passed the boards in November, have filled out every application for any position and have not had one phone call or interview. At this point, I will work anywhere just to gain some experience. Today I walked into an HR department in a hospital and left my resume. Hopefully another approach will work!
    I'm not complaining? Also, three months really *isn't* that long to be looking for a job.

    I remember freaking out when I couldn't find a job towards the end of summer. (May graduate, passed NCLEX in early June.) I think it was my cousin who finally just *told* me -- it's NOT abnormal in this economic climate to spend months networking and looking for a job, especially a first job. Perspective is great.
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    Quote from LRetterath
    You are lucky that you had any job offers. I passed the boards in November, have filled out every application for any position and have not had one phone call or interview. At this point, I will work anywhere just to gain some experience. Today I walked into an HR department in a hospital and left my resume. Hopefully another approach will work!

    Me to I am starting to feel depressed. I am from Texas.
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    netglow;7111959 "No no no! Don't keep going back to school! Beyond a BSN, without nursing work experience, additional degree education means nothing! So many nurses have gone right back to school and now are in serious trouble - still unemployed!"

    This ismy situation. I have accrued four times more debt finishing my BSN than I hadafter my ADN and still no job. Student loan payments begin next month. When Istarted my Nursing education, the hospital I did clinicals in was offering $5ktuition pay-back w/ contracts and $10k relocation funds for new grads that lived over 50miles away. Now the HR department won't even interview me because they saythere are so many new grads that live right in the vicinity. I feel like thecolleges didn't emphasis the reality of poor job placement because they wantedthe $tudent$ to feed their wallets - what college staff wants to lose their jobbecause new grads aren't finding work? Keep it hush-hush and CYA with the"no Guarantee" clause found at all colleges.
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    Finally get the word out!!!

    It is time for nurses to get the word out about the truth and not the lies that schools and companies are saying.

    I swear if I run into another person that talks about the "nursing" shortage, I am gonna go off on them.
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    Send a link to all your friends, facebook, twitter, local colleges, your hometown newspaper, put info up on college job boards, pinterest, tell job counselors, put flyers up at libraries, starbucks, etc. I emailed my alumni and another collegue and they were so happy finally somebody is collecting research.Get the word out. Let's crash their inbox!
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    Quote from NursingBro

    Me to I am starting to feel depressed. I am from Texas.
    Where in Texas are you? I've seen postings for Dallas, Austin, and Houston. When did you start looking? A lot of new grads want to wait until they pass NCLEX to start job hunting, BIG MISTAKE. The Spring internships close in Sept. and the Summer internships close in Feb. Are you a BSN grad? I may be able to help if you're in Houston.
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    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.
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