A Day In the Life of a New Grad - page 6
6:30 a.m. I wake up, roll over, and look at alarm clock. There is absolutely no reason to be up this early, but sleeping habits have always been rough for me. I had the dream again where I'm at... Read More
Oct 1, '09If it was always your dream job - to become a nurse, then keep trying. However, if you bought into the pipedream "we have tons of jobs" in order to flood the market with nurses, then continue your degree and mold it into that career you really want. As you can see - there is no shortage of nurses. It was a scheme to "flood the market" so employers could reduce salaries and treat the employees like they are walking on thin ice every day... Even if you finally land one of those "anything" jobs you are praying for just to have a job, in the long run you will not be happy. Continue your education for that career you really want.
Oct 1, '09Quote from cosmicsunIf it was always your dream job - to become a nurse, then keep trying. However, if you bought into the pipedream "we have tons of jobs" in order to flood the market with nurses, then continue your degree and mold it into that career you really want. As you can see - there is no shortage of nurses. It was a scheme to "flood the market" so employers could reduce salaries and treat the employees like they are walking on thin ice every day... Even if you finally land one of those "anything" jobs you are praying for just to have a job, in the long run you will not be happy. Continue your education for that career you really want.
cosmic why are you so negative? It's bad enough that people can't find a job, but your incessant "realism" is just too marose. Sometimes in life you have to ignore the realities of life just to get through the night. I'm not sure if your words of wisdom are to help or discourage. I don't know what your current work situation is, but please realize that looking for a job in a tight job market is very a tring and thankless task and sometimes the only way to stay dedicated is to keep a positive attitude. The real truth to the situation is that anybody who has gotten through the rigours of nursing school is surly not going to give up because they couldn't find a job right away.
Oct 1, '09If you went to nursing school for the wrong reasons - to land that guaranteed job - it's not going to work out for you. You may find it hard to believe, but a lot of people did just that...and look what they are running into. I used to love my job, especially interacting with the families and patients. Something has changed in the past year or so that is so disheartening. I still go to work positive and happy, but on guard at the slightest indicator of danger. The "walking on glass" working conditions are real. I still joke around and laugh with my co-workers and patients (who are in that mind-set), but always be aware of someone who doesn't want anyone to be laughing.
If you are young and have your whole life ahead of you, as a friend, I would highly advise you to go for your dreams. If this is your dream, then go for it. Eventually, when people realize the market has been flooded, the supply will even back out and hopefully employees will be treated better. I watch, try to learn from other people's mistakes and be a perfect as possible. I've seen good nurses get fired for "nothing." Their careers OVER, pretty much. They can't get back into that hospital "system" that fired them, and now they have a huge ding on their resume; and there are a million nurses wanting a job....
I am very saddened by the profession. I never thought it would be like this. I'm not thrilled to have my job threatened with 50 million people wanting it - you will be in the same boat....
There will always be healthcare. If it is truely your dream - then you will succeed. I have no doubt about that, but a piece of advice - watch what you say, even in jest. I can vent on this forum and I'm actually really nice. I would never hurt anyone, hurt their feelings or be intentionally cruel. But I see that behavior from different people at different times, unexpectedly, and it's very unsettling. I don't even undersand how people can snap at you, with these attitude in their voices, even over the phone taking report. It's non-stop.
Oct 1, '09Cosmic, I think it is great that a forum such as this exisists so that nurses can have a place to vent. There is no doubt that you are faced with unfair judgement of your intentions and poor attitudes from every level of the hierarchy. The fact that you feel as if you are walking on glass must be very troubling. But please listen to your own advice when knowing your audience; this thread was started by somebody who is feeling beaten up by the constant rejection of this job market, not by the state of the job itself. I feel as if you chose this thread to vent because you resent the fact that people want so bad what you used to want so bad. I am sorry that you feel so betrayed by the nursing profession, but this thread is not the place for your disdain. Let new nurses develop their own perception of the profession.
Oct 1, '09I did get a little off track from my original posts on this thread. Thank you so much for putting me back on track, I thought new grads should be aware of the whole picture. Again, to the frustrated new grads who cannot find jobs - there is no nursing shortage.
Keep going for your dreams. If nursing is your dream, then keep going for that. Of course, there are good days - not-so-nice people exist - and you will find plenty of that in this field. Nothing I say will change any of the new grad's opinions - they already experienced some of it during their clinicals...
If I can help one unemployed new grad realize there is not a nursing shortage, and they continue their education towards a career they really want (not one they pursued because they thought they were guaranteed a great job), then I'll be happy for them.
What else do you want this thread to be about. Don't worry, you'll get a job, keep trying. Just hang in there. You'll get a job. One is bound to come your way soon. Pray. Do you know anyone who may know someone who could get you in? Don't worry, keep trying. These kids are sitting at home without a job. There are many more in nursing school heading toward the same fate.
Where are the jobs????
Oct 2, '09Hi. This is my last post because I don't want to upset anyone, and it is upsetting for me. I actually don't even log in until I receive e-mails and curiousity gets the best of me. I really wish you all could find jobs. I think the media should get the news out that there isn't a nursing shortage so students are no longer misled into thinking they are pretty much guaranteed a great job. I'm at work today and having a great day actually. It varies... If word got out, then only students who really wanted to be nurses would go to nursing school and there wouldn't be such a shortage of jobs that is appearing now.
Good luck all.
Oct 3, '09Cosmic, I'm sorry that I made you feel bad. As a new grad who has found the same difficulties as the orig post, focusing on fnding a job is all I can do for now. I went through all this trouble changing careers so that I could become a part of the "good fight", doing work that makes a difference in ppls lives, not just line pockets. The percieved job security was an added bonus. I used to be in a field that I hated because I felt that I was wasting my energy doing work that had no point other than makimg money. There was no personal reward, I was miserable every minute I was there and as a result it made me miserable even when I wasnt there. After that experience, even before I decided to go backfor nusing, I vowed to never let the quality of my life decline because I hate my job. Hearing you talk about all these aweful things you experience at work was scary. Its not what a new grad who put in all this hard work trying to get through school the whole time thinking that the hard work will
eventuLly pay off to only find that theres no jobs and even when i do find one im gonna be miserable just like i didnt want to be, wants to hear. Beleive me i dont anticipate a cake walk, i know its going to be tough but im looking forward to the little rewards. And dont feel bad bc the heads up about how ppl will back stab you because of the state of things right now, i hear you.thankyou. And im sorry things seem so sucky for you at work right now, hopefully things will change.
Oct 4, '09I just wanted to wish you luck on your search and your career. Don't give up. I wish you all the best life has to offer!
Oct 4, '09Wow, I thought I was reading my autobiography! I feel your pain... all those lost hours of "quality" time with family and friends because you had your nose crammed in some textbook. Oh, and the part about applying for an LPN job - tried that one and was told "Oh no, you can't work as an LPN once you receive your RN license" (even though I had an LPN license for 2 years and could re-activate it if I wanted to spend the $90) Hmmm better save that money for the light bill. I hate to sound crass but it really is a sad situation. Try to keep your chin up and as previously posted, try volunteering at a facility that you are interested in working. Sounds like a good networking tool -- I'm willing to try it! Besides, it beats leaving endless voicemails for recruiters that won't be returning your calls.
Oct 4, '09Hmm...I never thought about volunteering. I'll try that again...I used to do it in high school.
Oct 5, '09Not sure if this has been suggested yet, but given your writing ability maybe you want to use your free time to combine your nursing education with writing. I have my BA in Journalism and a family member who is a freelance writer (writes SCIENCE-related articles for major newspapers/magazines), and although the employment market for writers has, is, and will always be rough and underpaid, there may be some free lance or even internet/blog opportunities.
Perhaps you can freelance for a magazine, paper, blog, or internet site that writes about the field or about science. Given your nursing/science background, you could even write articles reviewing new scientific studies/products/devices/hmos/the healthcare debate... Perhaps you will not make a lot of money, if any at first, but it will keep you busy, build your resume, and, perhaps, get you networking with some movers & shakers. I am from New York where this type of side-job would be ideal, but what with the internet I would imagine you could do this from anywhere. Perhaps the first step would be writing articles for your own blog, using this as a "portfolio" of your writing, and reworking a resume to focus on science/health care writing..I'm telling you, there is a market for this, and a freelance gig here and there would nicely supplement your income/resume and perhaps hone your research skills. Good luck!
Oh and one more thing...Perhaps a nursing/science blog could garner some income from advertisers (nursing schools/online programs/devices/pharma/headhunters)...
Oct 7, '09I was in the same boat 16 years ago. I squeezed my way in. Now there are job offers galore. You'll get a job. Volunteering is a great idea.