will no experience = no job?

  1. I'm entering my senior semester in the fall (i made it through med/surg with the other 25% of my class!!!). I began applying for internships a few weeks ago. I never heard back and many of the positions were filled. Im afraid that if I don't get some experience, I'll be unemployed when I graduate. Is my fear unfounded?

    I hear many people say that there's a nursing shortage. However, I've heard that before. I graduated with my BA in education and couldn't find work.
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from DDD
    I'm entering my senior semester in the fall (i made it through med/surg with the other 25% of my class!!!). I began applying for internships a few weeks ago. I never heard back and many of the positions were filled. Im afraid that if I don't get some experience, I'll be unemployed when I graduate. Is my fear unfounded?

    I hear many people say that there's a nursing shortage. However, I've heard that before. I graduated with my BA in education and couldn't find work.
    I have no healthcare experience other than phlebotomy. I applied this Monday for a GN position and they called me the next day (Tues.) for an interview. They asked for me to come in scrubs to tour the prospective floors, 2 letters of recommendation from clinical instructors and transcripts. I am not even graduated.

    You will find a job!
  4. by   kaitsmama
    I can't speak for every geographic location, but I know where I am (Tulsa) lack of experience has not stopped GNs from getting employment. I think many hospitals are willing to spend the time training you...

    Laura

    PS I have no healthcare experience and I am starting June 11th! Hope that helps...
  5. by   BebobthefrogFNP
    I have the opposite problem. I applied to be a nurse tech (I have 2 semesters left and recently finished med surg also) and was offered a graduate nurse position instead of a nurse tech. I politely told her that I won't graduate for another year and declined. I have had a hard time getting hired as a nurse tech and have had 3 interviews this week. I imagine that hospitals are more willing to hire a GN position instead of a temporary position (for instance a summer or one semester). Don't worry, I have heard from new graduate nurses that you don't actually practice or get experience until you graduate, pass the NCLEX, and work in a hospital. Just focus on school the rest will fall into place.
  6. by   queenjean
    I'm in the KC area; you shouldn't have a problem finding a job.

    When you send out your resume, you must, must, must follow up with a phone call to human resources approximately 3-5 days after they should receive your resume.

    In my experience, it is also helpful to contact the director of the floor that has openings. When I was hired, it took so long for HR to contact me, I finally just directly contacted the unit director. She had interviewed me, hired me, had me complete all my paperwork, and scheduled my orientation before the HR person even called me back for an initial interview!!!


    You must be very persistent without being annoying; a fine line, but you can do it.
  7. by   Mommy TeleRN
    I agree with queenjean. Be persistant. How many places did you apply at? If there are definitely open posted positions, go by HR with your resume. You may get lucky and be able to talk with a recruiter. Also, ask the seniors in your school ... perhaps they can directly hook you up with a nurse manager where they have interned.
  8. by   jmgrn65
    Some HR depts. are not run very well, they are very slow in getting back to applicants despite despaeration. Call them back and if you know who the mgr is contact them directly. Persistance pays off.

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