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- Sep 14, '12 by HollywoodDivaQuote from GonnaAmazeYouUnfortunately there is a nursing shortage but what they forgot to tell most people is the shortage applies to experienced nurses. As far as foreign nurses don't think they have it easy coming here because most of them were doctors in their countries at least the ones I work with. Some that are sponsored here had to wait 4 years and btw get paid way less than they should because a hospital claims the cost to sponsor them is enormous which is actually false. Co worker of mine from England was getting paid 50% less than the other nurses and of course was barely scraping by and since most places frown upon discussing salaries she had no idea that she was getting robbed her salary by the hospital.And today I saw an ad online that says COME TO THE USA- be a nurse! These companies are bringing foreign people in, sponsoring them and helping them to get their license. I'm sure they don't Validate their employment history, they just bring them here. So frustrating. There are thousands of unemployed/underemployed RNs ready and waiting but yet they keep shipping in people to fill up the hospitals. I have now began checking the minorities box, the male box and the disabilities box. Something will work lol
It is difficult for new grads to find work at this time but keep trying because I am quite sure someone will hire you and give you a chance too.
- Sep 14, '12 by amygarsideI hope you get a job soon! Good luck!
- Sep 14, '12 by mrcnstncSo sorry to hear this from a new grads! Thought it was only old me! When I graduated 25 years ago I had job offers coming out of my ears it was hard to choose, I chose a med/surg unit in a local 75 bed hospital and gained a tremendous amount of experience, before they could lay me off due to low census, I signed on with a traveling agency, and gained a ton more experience. Then spent almost ten years in dialysis. and have worked in a variety of home care settings, occ health and clinics. Sounds impressive right? Nope, not what they want, I'm certain many of you have read my posts before and the rant goes on. What do they want??? and the frustration of some computer generated no thank you letter doesn't help at all. I've always considered myself diverse and willing to challenge myself with any new position. Seven years ago I came across a Nurse manager with no standard of practice, no ethics and quite frankly no morals, I challenged her authority based on my experience, the safety of my patient and the protection of my license. Since that time I have not been able to secure an actual "nursing" position. I worked in alternative clinic for five years and gained what I considered a trending spiral of experience, but the owner got into some IRS trouble and put me out of a job. I can't leave large spaces of time off my resume and quite honestly I'm a nurse it's what I do and I think I do it well. I do volunteer and don't worry about my credentials as far as that goes the good samaritan act is pretty protective in volunteer environments. My frustration lies in the HR process, waaaa we have a nursing shortage but we don't want new grads and we don't want nurses with experience What Do they want?? Can't jump thru their hoops if they don't tell us what they are. I love this site and appreciate all the comments but we're nurses, need to find some HR peeps to give us a heads up! Or someone willing to tell those of us that are unemployed what to do to get past the BS and go to work. How do we get hired???
- Sep 14, '12 by anotheroneIt took me over a year and hundreds of applications to find a job . Yes, i have my bsn. I relocated to a very very rural area. After I started applying to rural areas, I heard back much more than in any city or suburb. Try those, it has to be somewhere that is desperate for employees ( doesn't necessarily make it a bad place to work) but in rural areas there are less nurses . Unlike in a city with a couple thousands new grads every month. It was difficult for me to stay at a job- what I had during nursing school and while searching for a nursing job- where everyone thought I was some sort of idiot or couldn't write a good resume or cover letter. I used the same ones and strategies and once I started applying throughout rural northeastern USA I heard back from almost every position. It was not what I envisioned for myself, but life doesn't work out that way. In hindsight I wish I would have done it sooner and given up hope of finding a job in the city or suburbs sooner. ! Good Luck.
- Sep 14, '12 by ChristMRNI feel your pain. Just keep moving forward and holding out hope! There are a lot of us out there in the same position. Things will have to turn around eventually.
- Sep 14, '12 by juncel123Yup it sucks.. I know I am "was" our position too. Well, I have a PART-TIME job at a nursing home now where I hace 30 patients all to myself.. And I just got an offer recently from a dialysis place too which I might take. But I really want med-surg and I HATE IT that I can't get the experience I want... The reason why I hate it is because I know that getting a good nursing job is about WHO YOU KNOW, AND NOT WHAT YOU KNOW most of the time. So yeah, politics in nursing.. Way to go. But please don't lose your passion for nursing. It sucks right now, but I know it will get better for us! =)Last edit by juncel123 on Sep 14, '12 : Reason: spelling
- Sep 14, '12 by bbuerkeI wondered the same thing. I am an RN and volunteered in the patient library in the clinic for two years, helping patients locate resources. Another coworker volunteered with hospice for a year, sitting with patients, holding their hands and making sure they weren't alone as they got closer to the end. No clinical care provided, just straight volunteer work. Now, I don't know how beneficial volunteering would be for the OP, but if it's something you genuinely enjoy doing and have the time, it may give you another perspective into patient's needs and look good on your resume.
I am so sorry you and so many other new grads are having such a difficult time finding work. It's so strange to me because my manager just hired seven new grads in the last 3 months, but I'm sure she was swarmed with applicants. I wish you the best of luck in your job search.
- Sep 14, '12 by SyreniaMy least favorite is when they just don't contact you at all, or respond to your calls or emails. At least have the courtesy to let me know you are no longer interested.
- Sep 14, '12 by ValeriaflynnI am a new graduate RN that started working at a free medical clinic as a volunteer, and I find it has been extremely helpful in getting me interviews, as I have no experience as a patient care tech. I do not function in an RN role, but I get great experience working with patients and HCP's, and have been able to run the patient inflow for the clinic, giving me skills I never would have gotten working in hospital. They took me as an RN, loved that I am an RN.Free clinics are the way to go for volunteering if you are looking for something to pad up your resume. They desperately need help.