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- Nov 26, '12 by StaceFace1122As people have mentioned, apply for anything and everything! I pass the NCLEX in July and felt like I had applied to every single nursing job in a 50-mile radius at least twice. I took a coordinator position at my current job in the meantime and that, along with applying for jobs that weren't just full-time or part-time, allowed me to finally get callbacks. I think having the supervisor experience helped, and also being willing to take a PRN position in a SNF. I'm doing pre-employment screening for one job and will get a decision on another job in December. I'm not thrilled to be doing PRN work, but a classmate of mine did it for roughly 3 months and was able to land a full-time job with the experience so it might be something to consider if you haven't already? Someone pointed out that in an LTC or SNF facility, you don't have doctors, pharmacy, IV teams, etc. as readily available as in a hospital so you learn to function a lot on your own. That really appealed to me, and even though you have more patients, it seems like you can really learn a lot... at least I'm hoping I will!
- Nov 26, '12 by RNEMT-PApply for everything. Most hospitals' application systems will copy the last app you submitted, so worst case you have probably wasted 5 minutes. On the other hand, the definition of experience is sometimes quite subjective. I just got hired for an ICU position that required 2 years nursing experience even though I'm a new grad. Fortunately, the unit manager saw 12 years as a paramedic and figured it was close enough. She told me she will look at people who have any healthcare experience, even if it is as a unit secretary or veterinary tech. So, apply, worst they can do is say no.
- Jan 14 by Tess RN BSNAll of these suggestions are great. After being a nurse for 28 years and still working full time I have learned that you must market your skills and talent because no one else will. Start by making an account on Linkedin and making connections with people you already know and people and companies you would like to get to know. So many hiring managers are looking on Linkedin as well as jobs posted. Even after you obtain a job always continue to keep connected for future reference. These are life long connections. Also, research all the webcasts you can that are free regarding how to write a resume, how to interview, etc. These are so helpful to even seasoned professionals. You want to learn how to stand out from others. One of the biggest search engines I have used and referred others to in all occupations is Indeed.com a great website for jobs in healthcare. Go to your local unemployment office and learn everything you can that is available for free to market yourself. Its not enough to be a nurse today. You have to have great computer skills including internet, outlook, EMR, word, excel and others. Using your time wisely to learn new skills will be invaluable now and later. Hunting for a job is a full time job so every day for 8 hrs or more you should be doing something pertaining to the hunt. Market yourself to supplemental agencies even if its for per diem or part time. At least its a start. Don't limit yourself to full time etc. Just get started. You may even have to consider working as an MA or an LPN job while hunting just to use it as a skill. Be open and flexible and you will find a job. Most of all stay positive because all the experience in the world doesnt help if you have a negative attitude. If your heart is truly in nursing you will find a way to do what you love. Don't give up.
- Jan 14 by RABillingsleyNew grads should not overlook smaller hospitals, especially in rural areas of the country. Not only do will they get focused, individualized orientation plans, but will be able to gain needed experience in a more community-oriented environment. Our new grads are able to work along-side experienced nurses, making the transition from student-to-professional easier and less-stressful.
Our community, located in rural Arkansas, is very supportive of new grads, and is willing to hire and orient them with an individualized orientation plan, allowing these new grads to get the experience they require to be successful.
- Jan 16 by RN 12/12Saw this article through my aunt who sent it to me. Used to log on to allnurses.com a lot throughout nursing school because I loved the support and hearing stories of people experiencing exactly what I was. I haven't been on lately because everything to do with nursing and being a nurse has been so hard to deal with lately. I graduated over a year ago and still haven't found a job as a RN. I've had little side jobs here and there teaching CPR, etc but nothing to actually market me as a nurse. It's so incredibly frustrating. Someone on this forum said that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself! Yes! It is! Except that it doesn't help my nursing skills, doesn't pay, and is unbelievably disappointing day after day. I want to be an excellent nurse. I want to learn, to grow, to share...but will I ever get the chance??
- Jan 17 by mariahlilyi'm in the same boat.
- Jan 17 by mariahlilyQuote from trueblue2000FYI: In a lot of states, even non-hospital venues like nursing homes and prisons are asking for 3-5 years of experience. Check your facts before you personally attack someone. That being said, the tone of your post is childish. The OP is struggling with this economy, she's dealing with student debts, and your first response is to call her names??? Seriously, I feel bad for the patients under your care. I can only imagine that they get a boat-load of attitude, judgment, and nastiness from you. It really terrifies me to think that people like you work hospital caring for vulnerable and oftentimes scared patients. Lord, please promise me that I will never have you as my nurse.Nursing students, prospective students, graduates, new RNs, please understand a fundamental truth about the nursing profession: it is broader than hospitals. Only about 60% of RNs work in acute care settings. This means that roughly 4 out of every 10 new graduates WILL NOT GET A HOSPITAL JOB! Sorry, that is the reality, and it will get worse as health care keeps moving away from acute care to home health and outpatient facilities. What makes you think you are entitled to work in a hospital? Your degree is Associates Degree in Nursing NOT Associates Degree in Hospital Nursing. Your qualification is Registered Nurse NOT Registered Hospital Nurse. Let's embrace reality and stop equating RNs with hospitals. It is living in fantasy land to do otherwise. I am tired of new grads ******** about not getting hospital jobs. Not everyone will. It does not mean there is no nursing shortage all it means is that there is no acute care nursing shortage. Also, do you think you are ready to hit a hospital floor and manage an assignment of 5 patients? Hell no! No new grad is and by a long shot. They have to train you before they let you loose on the floor. Do you know how much it costs to train a new grad? My hospital is spending nearly 80K in training costs for each of its new grads in its residency program. Not every hospital can afford that. You can't really blame hospitals when choose not to hire new grads. You say you are a mother, an adult, but your post sounds very immature and to me, like my niece crying she didn't get her favorite Christmas toy.
- Jan 17 by traumaRUsOkay - lets try to be polite to everyone. This is a hot topic for everyone across the nation. There are sometimes that its just better to take the high road and realize that you might not agree with everyone but we do ask that everyone be respectful.
- Jan 17 by philipbI have been a nurse since 1985. When I graduated hospitals wouldn't even accept applications from new grads (Denver, CO). My first job was in a SNF. Great experience, it really helped with organizational skills. By 1987 the situation had completely changed. You could walk into a hospital HR department wave your license in the air and start the next day. I also went through the re-engineering fad in the 90's with its lay offs. Again within a year or so hospitals were begging for nurses.
I am just saying "Hang in there". Things will change.
- Jan 17 by rnmama999There is a theory about the entry level RN wage at hospitals decreasing due to "obamacare." I think many new grad will shift their preference from acute care to outpatient/home health nursing...