New Grad RN need not apply - page 4

by ohyeah

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Wow, what a monumental mistake I have made. I threw away a decent job to go back to school. I went back and got by BS in nursing. Now I am a licensed RN BSN with no future. When I went back to school I was told how the hospitals... Read More


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    If you really read what the jobs are they have the word "new" and "graduate" in the posting somewhere thats why it shows up doesnt mean they take new grad rns . Also the majority of these jobs are agency listings and most of them do not take new grads.
    whodatnurse likes this.
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    I'm talking about postings that specifically say "new grads considered". I just saw that UCSD does a "new grad" program that they are taking applications for. It actually said they don't take applicants with experience. Good Samaritan in LA is hiring for their "new grad training program". New Grad L&D positions is San Lois Obispo. "New Grad" Program in Glendale, CA. Huntington Hospital in Pasadena "New Grad" for $29 starting salary. Also postings in San Francisco, La Mesa, Sacramento...... these are all recent listings
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    Quote from Leilani1983
    I'm talking about postings that specifically say "new grads considered". I just saw that UCSD does a "new grad" program that they are taking applications for. It actually said they don't take applicants with experience. Good Samaritan in LA is hiring for their "new grad training program". New Grad L&D positions is San Lois Obispo. "New Grad" Program in Glendale, CA. Huntington Hospital in Pasadena "New Grad" for $29 starting salary. Also postings in San Francisco, La Mesa, Sacramento...... these are all recent listings
    If you read the rest of this posting or other similar postings you will see the problem. 20 jobs with 1000 applicants or something like that. Unless you already have some type of background like LVN it will be difficult. When you finish nursing school and start looking for a job you will see what we are all talking about.
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    I'm not trying to have a huge debate with you orange juice. All I'm saying is there are jobs out there. I'm not sure what you expect. Every job, in every industry, is going to have lots of applicants. I own a tanning salon in Reno and when I have positions open up, I have probably 100 applicants for a minimum wage job! All you can do is apply to all of them and try to stand out in some way. I'm sure the "new grad programs" at the big universities take quite a few applicants at a time so that would probably be a good way to go. Good luck and don't give up.
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    To all the new grads having a hard time: Yes, it is brutal out there and it is a total blow to the ego after working so hard in school only to be faced with rejection. It took me a little while but I did find a job after going through a major disappointment when I did not land my dream job at the hospital where I did my clinicals. I accepted a position at an LTAC making a few dollars less but who cares! I'm just looking to get my experience.

    A few words of advice -

    Volunteer - even if it is a few hours a month (I still managed to work my bartending job). Keep in touch with your classmates and clinical instructors (you never know who has the inside track).

    When applying for jobs, try to do it in person if possible - drop off your resume in person and keep visiting so they know your face.

    Always dress professionally (you would not believe what people were wearing to interviews!). This means a suit - if it is something that you might wear out to a club - don't wear it to an interview! Dress for success.

    Prepare for your interview - hospitals generally want to know what you would do in a difficult situation.

    Don't give up. There are jobs out there - many applicants for few positions so be professional and personal.

    Here is a great link to prepare for interviews. Focus on answering the ones that make you uncomfortable. This gives you the power to walk into any interview with confidence. It's OK to act confident even if you are not feeling that way inside!

    Good luck. And for those wondering what market I'm in it is San Diego - one of the toughest for jobs.
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    Quote from deemalt
    To all the new grads having a hard time: Yes, it is brutal out there and it is a total blow to the ego after working so hard in school only to be faced with rejection. It took me a little while but I did find a job after going through a major disappointment when I did not land my dream job at the hospital where I did my clinicals. I accepted a position at an LTAC making a few dollars less but who cares! I'm just looking to get my experience.

    A few words of advice -

    Volunteer - even if it is a few hours a month (I still managed to work my bartending job). Keep in touch with your classmates and clinical instructors (you never know who has the inside track).

    When applying for jobs, try to do it in person if possible - drop off your resume in person and keep visiting so they know your face.

    Always dress professionally (you would not believe what people were wearing to interviews!). This means a suit - if it is something that you might wear out to a club - don't wear it to an interview! Dress for success.

    Prepare for your interview - hospitals generally want to know what you would do in a difficult situation.

    Don't give up. There are jobs out there - many applicants for few positions so be professional and personal.

    Here is a great link to prepare for interviews. Focus on answering the ones that make you uncomfortable. This gives you the power to walk into any interview with confidence. It's OK to act confident even if you are not feeling that way inside!

    Good luck. And for those wondering what market I'm in it is San Diego - one of the toughest for jobs.

    Where is the link? I am not a fan of interviews. No matter how much I prepare, I'm always SOOOOO nervous!
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    OP, I've read some of your previous posts and, with all due respect, I DON'T think you should be a nurse. I would not want someone with your attitude caring for anyone. Many of us on the site have been through heck and back and have a passion for nursing that 1, 2 or 12 months of unemployment will never destroy. I don't know what entitles you to get exactly what you want when you want it but it's time to wake up. You want a guarantee? Too bad, doesn't exist. Good luck in your next non-nursing career.
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    Quote from milobust
    ...I DON'T think you should be a nurse. I would not want someone with your attitude caring for anyone. Many of us on the site have been through heck and back and have a passion for nursing that 1, 2 or 12 months of unemployment will never destroy...
    Ah yes, the inevitable comment from the "it's not a job, it's a calling" crowd.

    Though I was fortunate to find a job pretty quickly, I can empathize with the frustration and feelings expressed by the OP.
    whodatnurse and RNDreamer like this.
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    Quote from deemalt
    To all the new grads having a hard time: Yes, it is brutal out there and it is a total blow to the ego after working so hard in school only to be faced with rejection. It took me a little while but I did find a job after going through a major disappointment when I did not land my dream job at the hospital where I did my clinicals. I accepted a position at an LTAC making a few dollars less but who cares! I'm just looking to get my experience.

    A few words of advice -

    Volunteer - even if it is a few hours a month (I still managed to work my bartending job). Keep in touch with your classmates and clinical instructors (you never know who has the inside track).

    When applying for jobs, try to do it in person if possible - drop off your resume in person and keep visiting so they know your face.

    Always dress professionally (you would not believe what people were wearing to interviews!). This means a suit - if it is something that you might wear out to a club - don't wear it to an interview! Dress for success.

    Prepare for your interview - hospitals generally want to know what you would do in a difficult situation.

    Don't give up. There are jobs out there - many applicants for few positions so be professional and personal.

    Here is a great link to prepare for interviews. Focus on answering the ones that make you uncomfortable. This gives you the power to walk into any interview with confidence. It's OK to act confident even if you are not feeling that way inside!

    Good luck. And for those wondering what market I'm in it is San Diego - one of the toughest for jobs.
    Thank you for sharing your story on a day when I have never before felt like SUCH a lost soul who is NEVER going to work again. I didn't get the latest job I interviewed for...and...well, I suppose your first paragraph made me feel like someone genuinely understands just how dejected I'm feeling right now.

    Your perseverance and outlook have made me feel that maybe I too, with a good night's sleep (it has been an emotionally exhausting day), might wake up tomorrow and be able to put this latest defeat into better perspective.
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    Nobody lied about a nursing shortage, it's just not as acute in some areas as it was. Look at where travel nurses are getting assignments, that is where the jobs are.

    The over saturation of nurses in some areas will get better as the economy recovers. The economy was taking a dive wasn't a sudden and shocking event, it was apparent 3+ years ago- plenty of time to NOT pursue a nursing degree.
    Anyone who thought that nursing was recession proof was very short sighted. It's only logical that high unemployment in non-healthcare jobs is going to directly impact nursing jobs.

    Nurses are typically women.
    At my hospital I'd wager that by far the largest majority of our part timers were married women with kids who only had to work part time due to their husband's stable job with benefits.
    Guess what happened when the primary bread winner got laid off-
    the part timers went full time to support their families and provide insurance. Those who couldn't find a full time slot that worked for them went part time plus per diem, most of our float pool is working full time. We're not calling any agency, they is no need, every open shift is being filled from within.

    Lots of 'retired' nurses came back to work for the same reason, their new careers or their spouse's employment tanked and they snapped up the few jobs made it to outside postings. New grads are expensive to train and usually don't stick around. Experienced nurses who have been out of the field for a couple years are quicker and cheaper to bring up to speed.

    It also frustrates me to no end when I read post after post from new nurses lamenting the a lack of "new grad" positions, the implication is not much effort is being made outside the hospitals. If I needed a job I'd be on the street every day, dressed to interview, going door to door, filling out applications in person at any place that might possibly employ nurses.
    Meriwhen likes this.


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