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- by Despareux Apr 30, '12Seems there are a lot of LTC/nursing home type positions available in my state, but many new grads are holding out for hospital jobs. So would it be safe to say that yes, there are an abundance of nursing positions available, just not at the hospitals? Or is it true that jobs are truly that difficult to find?
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- Apr 30, '12 by KelRN215To an extent, yes, some people are self-limiting. My former workplace just experienced a mass exodus. Most of my colleagues (myself included) had no difficulty finding a new job. But those of us looking were all nurses with at least 4 years experience.
If someone is only applying to major academic medical centers in competitive metropolitan areas or only applying to peds, ICU, L&D- whatever the specialty their heart desires then yes, they could be limiting themselves. They may also feel that this would be the only area they'd be happy in and are willing to wait.
I happened to get the job I wanted when I was a new grad (5 years ago) but I knew that all I wanted was pediatrics and I also would have been willing to move for it.
- Apr 30, '12 by Ashley, PICU RNIt depends on your area. In my state (NJ) the market is saturated with new grads. I've heard countless stories of graduates applying for every job opening they find (including LTC) and still haven't gotten an interview because there are so many applicants.
- Apr 30, '12 by Fiona59We get too many wanting M-F, day shifts. Refuse weekends, nights and evening shifts. But hey they are special snowflakes who are following their dream.
Meanwhile, I'm working upto ten nights a month that have to be covered and their are no new hires willing to pull shift.
- Apr 30, '12 by Not_A_Hat_PersonWhen I graduated from nursing school in 2008, I lived in Massachusetts, where the job market remains extremely tight. Even LTC refused to hire new grads. One-star nursing homes turned me down.
Some new grads avoid LTC because they know a train wreck when they see one. Some LTC facilities are horror shows, and many hospitals don't count LTC experience.
- May 1, '12 by *4!#6I am a new grad and applied broadly. I am tenatively hired at a TCU (meaning I need to graduate before I can work, and they pass my boards). It is a higher acuity TCU. However I am nervous about whteher or not I will be able to transition to acute care. I work in acute care but haven't been hired there as an RN.
- May 1, '12 by danaroooin my experience YES, jobs are hard to find. I moved from West Coast to East Coast. I hoped with the move came a better market, not so as of yet. I have experienced the same things in my new state I did in my old state...no response to the TONS of resumes I've put in. I have tried to taylor my resume to each position/facility, saught advice on my resume and tried to network and have gotten nowhere so far. It's a tight tight market, I've found moving cross country didn't do anything for me as of yet. Everyone seems to want that 1 year acute care experience, which as a new grad I don't have. Home health isn't appropriate for a new grad, nor are many other areas of nursing so I am limited right out of the gate. I've gotten out the phone book and called LTC facilities, which is what a ton of other RN's in my area are doing (so I've been told more than once during "cold calls"). I think the area you are in will determine how tight the market is for you.
- May 1, '12 by DespareuxThanks for the replies. There are a lot of LTC/Rehab/Nursing home facilities hiring in my state and the pay is comparable with many local hospitals, and in some cases, they pay more than hospitals. While I would love to work in critical care; as a new grad, I am more concerned about gaining nursing experience.
- May 1, '12 by MJB2010In my former state, even ltc listing all said "2 years experience required". My entire class applied everywhere and still years later, more than 50% of my nursing class did not find a job and has left nursing. No hopsitals willing to hire new grads, no ltc willing to hire new grads, and the people who got jobs either took private duty, knew someone and had an in somewhere, moved (like me), or took the scary home health with no experience job (the company you see that is always hiring). The rest of my class is now back to their former careers.