Nursing Shortage= Thousands of Unemployed New Grads? - page 3

by Winters22

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Hi Everyone, I'm starting nursing school in April. On this site, I've seen many of you complain about not being able to find work after having graduated. This scares me, especially since I live in CA. I know that there's a... Read More


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    @TheCommuter
    Thank you for posting. I greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you to everyone else that posted, too. You've in a way calmed my fears and I'm confident that when I graduate, I'll somehow find a job somewhere. I loved reading all your stories and can't wait to have my own story.
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    Still Looking!
    This is sad! I seriously feel like a loser. I know this post is fr NG, so I cant say I am experiencing exactly what your feeling - but I was laid off in the March of 2012 and its been so dry since. I did enroll in some grad courses to keep hours, do clinical and I volunteer with the public.

    I am now thinking screw this look for some fake job that 200 ppl apply for (and the minority thing CANT have already been warn out? AA, Latino/a's/ NA/ Immigrants/ multiple subcultures of goth, deaf, blind, sick, old, Jewish, you, happy, crazy, male,

    Anyone looking at going for a Masters in something outside of nursing yet?
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    Quote from Winters22
    Sorry about that. I thought it was understood I meant the current times (graduated no more than 8 years ago to the present). I don't care about 30 years ago because it doesn't affect me. I will change it if it will let me.
    I didn't see anything to lead me to an 8 year limit, but since it's in the 1st year forum, I Refrained from answering.


    30 years ago, there was a small glut, and the hospital hired 25 of the 30 diploma grads who applied for these non-budgeted positions. I was one of the lucky 25.
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    There is no nursing shortage, and I live in rural Pennsylvania. All of the hospitals are filled with nurses fresh from the local nursing schools who churn them out faster and faster. While in nursing school, I worked very hard to be marketable. I joined Sigma Theta Tau, I networked the local hospitals and made connections, I was president of the SNA and took every opportunity to be in a leadership position. I also secured a job as a nursing assistant, which ultimately got me my current nursing position. Long story short - it's very hard, but doable. You just have to seek every opportunity and excel at it in any way that you can. Get your ACLS, PALS, etc, get a nursing assistant job while in school. No one said it was easy but it's definitely worth it.
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    I agree that location and prior experience make a big difference. Looking for a rural hospital job in Boron or Visalia will look very different than trying to get a job at Cedars Sinai.
    If you do pursue this, network network network. When the nurses I worked with complimented my work, I would jokingly say, "Be sure to tell your manager!" Word DID get to the manager. I'm currently precepting where that manager is, because SHE got me that preceptorship, noting, "I'm known for hiring new grads!" She's hugged me the last two times I saw her. I'm not graduating until May, but I feel like if I can show her what I can bring to her unit and get a good report from my preceptor, I have a good chance at a per diem job (and unlike many new grads, in the area of nursing I plan to spend my career!).
    Which leads me to the next point- if you're looking for some cushy full-time benefited day shift position, you're looking in the wrong field. I plan to look for at least two jobs, because new grads are at the top of the chopping block, and are working per diem and likely nights. I'm also looking at commuting if it means a good job.
    Get some experience under your belt. Get a CNA job asap, and start nailing those skills. Being comfortable touching and cleaning patients and talking to them in such an intimate setting is a HUGE hump that many new nursing students struggle with, and you'd have a HUGE advantage in clinicals if you had that part down. Plus, it DOES look good on a resume, and you can start making those connections that can come in handy when you're looking for RN work.
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    Quote from RunBabyRun
    I agree that location and prior experience make a big difference. Looking for a rural hospital job in Boron or Visalia will look very different than trying to get a job at Cedars Sinai.
    CA is my home state. I applied for and interviewed at a community hospital in Visalia in 2012, and even with my experience, was rejected. Even the 'undesirable' parts of CA have difficult nursing job markets. I was also rejected in places like Bakersfield, Fresno, Hanford and Corcoran.

    So for now, I will remain in Texas where I have been blessed with steady employment for the length of my 8-year nursing career.
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    It took me a little over 2 years to get a RN job at a home health agency... and now 3.5 years out of school I finally got a hospital RN position. Oh and I live in Los Angeles, CA. Just FYI.
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    There is no nursing shortage, if only I have researched this before going into nursing. I have graduated and its been a yr and still unemployed. If nursing shortage mean having 200 applicants applying for 1 position than I guess there is a nursing shortage.


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