I moved here in June and have been applying to jobs at every hospital in Jacksonville. I am a new grad which I know puts me at a disadvantage. Almost every job I see wants 1 year experience. It doesn't help that I don't know a single soul in any of these establishments which is almost always what gets a person's resume to the top of the stack. I am starting to volunteer at a local hospital in the Women's Services unit which I am SO excited about! I also accepted a position in Pediatric Home Health. How did you land your job in this city?
Oct 1, '12
Jacksonville, like so many places right now, is a tough job market- especially for new grads. Keep looking and applying, and keep positive! Good luck!
Oct 2, '12
Thank you! I'm staying positive and applying like crazy
Oct 9, '12
Hi Royam! I am a recent grad this year and just passed my boards. I felt like I was applying EVERYWHERE for a few weeks, and found that going in to places that still accept paper applications brought me the best luck. And even if they say they want a minimum of 1 year experience apply anyway, if they need the position filled that bad, they will hire you. I almost did the pediatric home health (with Integrity - who's always hiring it seems) but got a call back from a facility and ended up being hired there. The job market is rough and JAX has a LOT of nursing schools
so the competition feels stiff, especially if you're not a BSN with all the hospitals being magnet. I'm SO glad I found a job! Goodluck with everything!
Oct 9, '12
Hey! Thanks for the reply Do you know if the hospitals around here accept paper resumes if you walk them in? I guess it wouldn’t hurt for me to try. Yeah the job market here just seems crazy! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I moved here. But it’s pretty much everywhere now…tons of nursing schools pumping more and more nurses out and no jobs for the inexperienced. Good to hear you found something! There is hope!
Oct 15, '12
Might you be able to give a little insight in to where you were able to drop a paper resume? I think I've got dozens of apps out there for all the hospitals in Jax and even the major one down in St. Augustine. So discouraging to never hear anything back at all...
Oct 23, '12
Oh my gosh!!!! I finally got a call back from the children's hospital in town
Interview is set up for Monday the 29th!!! Even if I don't get the position I will be eternally gratefull that someone thought I might be what they are looking for! Prayers are needed
I know this would be a great experience for me.
Oct 23, '12
Preliminary congratulations! I hope it works out for you! Happily enough, I've just had an interview there yesterday and have one down in St. Augustine tomorrow...
Oct 25, '12
Amazing! Good luck to you as well!!! It feels good to have an interview and I hate interviews! lol Let me know how they go!
Oct 30, '12
I got the position! I am so excited to start!
also nervous... I still can't believe that I got it! Thanks for everyones input!
Feb 19, '14
Hey owlRN01, I am VERY interested in working at the children's hospital in Jacksonville! Just wanted to see if you could give me some input as a new grad since you've been there! Thanks so much! I would message you but I don't think I can since I'm new on here!
Sep 5, '14
Wow, I am in a very similar situation. I passed the NCLEX RN in May 2014 and moved the same month from Ohio to the Jacksonville, Fl area. I apply daily to the main hospitals. Your post gives me hope.
Oct 22, '14
Have you had any luck LauraReavisRN? I passed NCLEX and have my license in GA. I am in the process of getting a FL license. HELP!
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