Hiring Freeze and New Grad - page 4

Are there hiring freezes all over the country? Am I the only one who thought nursing was one of those magic careers that the economy couldn't hurt? :crying2: I think I need a hug! When I started... Read More

  1. by   Jules A
    Quote from julieruin
    I moved back in with my parents and am working in a crappy small town where there is an actual "nursing shortage." It's pretty terrible.
    Kudos to you for doing what you have to do to find work and it won't be long before you wil have experience. Hang in there.
  2. by   Jules A
    Quote from nina9
    I graduated in May 08', wanted to get over with my NCLEX before starting to work!! After doing so starting in January, i have been applying,applying and applying, but i am not getting any calls!!
    I also graduated in May 08 but my fellow students that did the new grad programs all had to have their jobs lined up before graduation because the new grad orientations here started in June and July. Is it like that in your area by any chance? I hope this spring will be better for you. I'd think that Richmond would be a good area for opportunities.
  3. by   mochabean
    9 GNs were hired on my unit.
  4. by   Snowman22
    Jobs are plentiful all over the country...but not for new grad RN's. Once you have a year of experience the doors are pretty wide open. I posted my resume on Monster an I received numerous emails and phone calls every day. Too bad they didn't read my resume closer to see that I was a new grad. I would just take what you can get, even if it means relocating, and after you put your time in you can do whatever you want. That's my plan!
  5. by   April, RN
    Jobs are NOT plentiful here right now in the Boston area, even for experienced nurses. Many of the hospitals are on hiring freezes. It's terrible for new grads here, but it's not easy for the experienced ones either.
  6. by   MikeyBSN
    When I graduated that economy wasn't great, but it was better than it is now. Even then, getting a nursing job wasn't cake. I had medical experience, I was at the top of my nursing class and I had a previous degree. I still only got 3 offers in my area. Although the economy is bad, I know that people are still hiring nurses. It might be a little harder as a new grad, but it's not like you are trying to find a job in IT or the financial sector. Here are some general suggestions:

    1. Look for programs. Some hospitals have externship programs that will give you a good educational bases and a job! Personally, I think this is the best way to go. You might have to look outside your area and it might not be the best pay, but it is a good investment.

    2. Look everywhere. You should try the internet, newspapers, nursing magazines, local hospitals and radio/tv ads.

    3. Network. Ask people you know if they know of anyone who is hiring. Send out a facebook message. Ask other people in your classes where they have had success.

    4. Check your resume. Make sure it is in good order and doesn't have any mistakes.

    5. Make a good impression in an interview. Dress professionally, be on time, and ask questions to let them know you are interested. You should also find out about the hospital or company you are interviewing with.
  7. by   jmking
    In the great northwest, near the Seattle area, most hospitals are not hiring new grads either. My advice take any job you can get as long and be creative.
  8. by   nminodob
    Quote from jules a
    well a perfect example of the problem is also people that aren't able to take some initiative and think outside the box. i got one of my jobs by applying even though i didn't have the experience they wanted. if you wait for a nursing job posting asking for someone with no experience you will probably remain unemployed. whats the harm in persuing it? at the very least you can gain some experience in the hiring process.
    having spent 4 months chasing leads that were going nowhere it's hard to hear from other people that i wasn't "taking enough initiative," or "thinking outside the box."
  9. by   nuwbee25
    Quote from kris7168
    I graduate in May and I go to school in boston, is there any hope of landing a hospital job? The economy is terrible and i hear a lot of the hospitals arent hiring new grads. any advice?

    Sorry kiddo.....I graduated in December 08 in Boston. Tell me why I am moving to North Carolina in 2 weeks? YUP...a job! Boston is the last place to get a new graduate position even with PCA experience and connections. I suggest being flexible with not only the unit but the location as well. I am leaving family and friends to pursue my career. Not all bad though.....the city I am moving to is beautiful and the position is a great one so I am thankful to at least have a job. Good luck!!!!
  10. by   Jules A
    Quote from nminodob
    Having spent 4 months chasing leads that were going nowhere it's hard to hear from other people that I wasn't "taking enough initiative," or "thinking outside the box."
    I'm sorry. When I read your post it didn't sound like you applied for any of those jobs after you saw that they wanted 1 year of experience. Good luck with your job hunt and if you can move to DC the jobs here are still plentiful and the wages pretty darn good.
  11. by   nuwbee25
    Quote from MikeyBSN
    When I graduated that economy wasn't great, but it was better than it is now. Even then, getting a nursing job wasn't cake. I had medical experience, I was at the top of my nursing class and I had a previous degree. I still only got 3 offers in my area. Although the economy is bad, I know that people are still hiring nurses. It might be a little harder as a new grad, but it's not like you are trying to find a job in IT or the financial sector. Here are some general suggestions:

    1. Look for programs. Some hospitals have externship programs that will give you a good educational bases and a job! Personally, I think this is the best way to go. You might have to look outside your area and it might not be the best pay, but it is a good investment.

    2. Look everywhere. You should try the internet, newspapers, nursing magazines, local hospitals and radio/tv ads.

    3. Network. Ask people you know if they know of anyone who is hiring. Send out a facebook message. Ask other people in your classes where they have had success.

    4. Check your resume. Make sure it is in good order and doesn't have any mistakes.

    5. Make a good impression in an interview. Dress professionally, be on time, and ask questions to let them know you are interested. You should also find out about the hospital or company you are interviewing with.


    Haha funny you say the IT sector, my brother has a degree in computer science and works in the IT department for a company.....actually he has always been able to find a job no problem and he has switched jobs 3 times in the past 4 months..well into the recession. The field of IT has very limited qualified candidiates with more job openings, it is much easier for them to get hired than new graduate nurses. My uncle is a doctor at the hospital I work at as a CNA and my aunt and her daughter are both nurses there as well. Did I mention I had my resume professionally written? Thanks for your suggestions but it is nothing that has not been said so many times to us new grads and to say you got ONLY 3 offers as though that is not such an amazing accomplishment. Most people I know can't even get HR to call them back let alone interview them.
  12. by   Jules A
    Quote from nuwbee25
    Haha funny you say the IT sector, my brother has a degree in computer science and works in the IT department for a company.....actually he has always been able to find a job no problem and he has switched jobs 3 times in the past 4 months..well into the recession. The field of IT has very limited qualified candidiates with more job openings, it is much easier for them to get hired than new graduate nurses. My uncle is a doctor at the hospital I work at as a CNA and my aunt and her daughter are both nurses there as well. Did I mention I had my resume professionally written? Thanks for your suggestions but it is nothing that has not been said so many times to us new grads and to say you got ONLY 3 offers as though that is not such an amazing accomplishment. Most people I know can't even get HR to call them back let alone interview them.
    People are only trying to offer suggestions to help those still interested in continuing with their job search.
  13. by   KeepingItRealEeyore
    with the way how the economy is ,hopitals are only posting jobs for experienced nurses.

    The big question that no one has an answer to is how can a person gain experience if no place is hiring new grads?

    I'm not even going to hold my breath waiting for that answer because I know the situation will end up grim.

    I have only worked as a RN for less than three months. I was fired from my first nursing job. When I have interviewed, they asked what have you been doing with your time? In my mind I think , gee i don't know, just twiddling my fingers hoping for a miracle and thinking this nursing degree and my license totalled x amount of dollars, where is my bailout?

    Come on, what kind of a question is that? are they that oblivous to what is going on with the economy. once you are licensed you can't work below your licensure status. I can't apply for a CNA job. i'm sorry i'm an inexperienced nurse looking for a nursing job in these hard times.

    Once again it all comes down to the mighty dollar . No hospitals want to spend time and money on a new nurse during these hard times. They just want someone they can hire who can hit the ground running. and many of the nurses they do have working are pretty much hitting the ground due to exhaustion from working crazy and long shifts.

    It is crappy that being an inexpereinced nurse is not a recession proof gig.

    sorry for my rant.

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