New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement - page 10

After reading so many threads here on allnurses.com about the hard times many new grads are having at getting jobs, I just wanted to share a few words of encouragement. My feelings go out to all... Read More

  1. Visit  jeanyis profile page
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    How long has this crunch been going on? I started hearing things at school in March or so, but in reading older posts it looks like it started sometime in 2008?

    This may be a dumb question... but does getting a job become easier once you have a license? Are places reluctant to hire GNs or RNs with no experience yet, or both?

    I graduated in May with an ADN-RN and I've had one interview which I will hear back on next week. I'm hoping that the lack of response to my resume is because I'm not licensed yet (Don't get me started on how long it takes to get an Authorization to Test. What do they use to process them, anyway? Punchcards? Hammer and chisel? *sigh*)

    Adding to the woes in my neck of the woods is nearby bigger city's hospitals have cut their positions so their university BSN grads are coming here to medium sized city for jobs.

    Sorry for the rambly disjointed post. I need to go work outside to burn off some nervous energy.
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  3. Visit  EmilyLucille523 profile page
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    Quote from jeanyis
    How long has this crunch been going on? I started hearing things at school in March or so, but in reading older posts it looks like it started sometime in 2008?

    This may be a dumb question... but does getting a job become easier once you have a license? Are places reluctant to hire GNs or RNs with no experience yet, or both?

    I graduated in May with an ADN-RN and I've had one interview which I will hear back on next week. I'm hoping that the lack of response to my resume is because I'm not licensed yet (Don't get me started on how long it takes to get an Authorization to Test. What do they use to process them, anyway? Punchcards? Hammer and chisel? *sigh*)

    Adding to the woes in my neck of the woods is nearby bigger city's hospitals have cut their positions so their university BSN grads are coming here to medium sized city for jobs.

    Sorry for the rambly disjointed post. I need to go work outside to burn off some nervous energy.

    I completely understand. I graduated in May with my ADN-RN and tried at 5 hospitals in NC (1st choice) and they wouldn't give me the time of day. So I tried here back at home, applied at several different places, and had 2 interviews. First one didn't call me back and I'm still waiting on the second one. It's been over a week and no call. I've called them several times and left messages and NO call back. I wish if they were not interested, they would at least call and tell me no. Instead I'm here pulling my hair out wondering where else I should apply and wondering if all my hard work in school was for no use.

    I am completely regretting getting into nursing. I honestly feel like it was a huge mistake.
  4. Visit  jeanyis profile page
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    Quote from EmilyLucille523
    I am completely regretting getting into nursing. I honestly feel like it was a huge mistake.
    I hear you. I gave up a job with the government that I'd have made over 80K with during the time it took to get my ADN. Short term sacrifices for long term gains and all that... but I haven't seen my gain yet. I don't have time to wait for the job market to turn around because the mortgage company isn't going to accept that in lieu of a payment. It's very likely that I'll be losing my house. I've been here seven years. My retirement account is drained, also.

    Anyway. Enough whining. Gotta do what I gotta do. Not my fault the economy sucks. Things may turn around for those still in school, but start planning ahead for not having a job right after graduation for those of you still in school. Things ain't what they used to be.

    I was talking to my parents today about this situation. My dad put it in perspective when he said "Getting upset about not getting hired for an RN position because you aren't licensed yet is like you applying for a teaching job then getting upset because they won't hire you."

    Time is moving so very slowly these last few weeks....
  5. Visit  UserG profile page
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    Out of curiosity, what are all the unemployed new grads doing with their days when they aren't job hunting? Do you work out more? Study? Take extra classes? Mope around the house? Knit?
    I picked up a Rosetta Stone program and am working on my Spanish (it helps in the ED). I probably should study some nursing so I don't get stale, but it gets depressing. Once you have BLS, ACLS, TNCC, ENPC, and no cable, the days tend to drag.
  6. Visit  EmilyLucille523 profile page
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    Quote from jeanyis

    I was talking to my parents today about this situation. My dad put it in perspective when he said "Getting upset about not getting hired for an RN position because you aren't licensed yet is like you applying for a teaching job then getting upset because they won't hire you."

    Time is moving so very slowly these last few weeks....

    The thing is...I AM LICENSED. I took my NCLEX 3 weeks after graduation (as soon as my ATT came in, took it 2 days later) thinking that would put me ahead of everyone else. Well, I was so wrong. I'm trying not to freak out but our account is negative and I don't have enough money for rent this month. I can't believe I am going thru this right now. I am more disappointed than upset right now. I wish all of us luck in finding a job soon before we all go into poverty.
  7. Visit  Kickboxer profile page
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    Yaay! Finally got a job and will be starting next week. It's better than I expected, work load, pay, benefits and the staff are very friendly and nice. I can't wait to start my career here
  8. Visit  EmilyLucille523 profile page
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    Quote from EmilyLucille523
    I completely understand. I graduated in May with my ADN-RN and tried at 5 hospitals in NC (1st choice) and they wouldn't give me the time of day. So I tried here back at home, applied at several different places, and had 2 interviews. First one didn't call me back and I'm still waiting on the second one. It's been over a week and no call. I've called them several times and left messages and NO call back. I wish if they were not interested, they would at least call and tell me no. Instead I'm here pulling my hair out wondering where else I should apply and wondering if all my hard work in school was for no use.

    I am completely regretting getting into nursing. I honestly feel like it was a huge mistake.

    Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I got a letter today stating I didn't get the job. I wish I knew why not. I thought the interview went well but I guess I was wrong Well, I guess I got to keep trying and apply elsewhere. I am totally depressed about this.
  9. Visit  Kickboxer profile page
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    Don't be discouraged everyone, things happen for a reason. I never expect that I would land in a job that I love. So, if I were you guys just relax, its not worth it stressing out. Everybody here will eventually find a job. It just takes prayers, lots of prayers, patience and persistence. Never quit, keep trying coz you'll be surprise that one of those place will call you perhaps today or tomorrow or in a few minutes. Good Luck to all and I'll pray for all of you, lsebeg: we worked so hard to become RNs and I'm sure that it will be worth eventually.
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  10. Visit  jeanyis profile page
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    Quote from Kickboxer
    So, if I were you guys just relax, its not worth it stressing out.
    I want to meet a person who doesn't get stressed out over losing their house because they cannot find a job anywhere doing anything (yes, it's that bad here, unemployment is 18% locally). I'd love to know their secret.
  11. Visit  Kickboxer profile page
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    I want to meet a person who doesn't get stressed out over losing their house because they cannot find a job anywhere doing anything (yes, it's that bad here, unemployment is 18% locally). I'd love to know their secret.


    I'm sorry to hear that Jeanyis, I used to be on the same boat as you are. I'm just trying to keep everybody's hopes up and not to be discourage. Stress is just a waste of energy!!!!! You should know because your a nurse.
  12. Visit  torque15 profile page
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    i've been scouring the www for the past week looking for options for a new grad, and finding so very few employment-wise, was about to be disheartened. allnurses hit the spot.

    to ALL -
    for the encouragement, thank you. will be hanging on and moving forth.
    for the reality-check, thank you. will be opening doors and windows and staying grounded.

  13. Visit  lab211 profile page
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    As been said, "Being at the right place time at the right time" has some truth to it. I graduated in May 2009. I did an externship during the summer of 2008. Afterwards, I continued on as a nursing assistant at the same facility. During a staff educational training session a nursing manager pulled me aside that she just had an opening in her unit (one of the units that I rotated through as an intern). Hence, I transferred into a full-time permanent position.
    These are difficult times for job hunting even for nurses....so Network with colleagues, go personally to these facilities you may be interested in. I wish you the best!!! In my area only 25% of us that graduated have a job. You may have to take a temporary job even if non-healthcare related to survive. Hang in there!!!.
  14. Visit  Adalisa profile page
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    Well after 7 months of looking for a job, I finally found a job and am starting next week. I'm excited about it even though it's not the what I really wanted, it's at a LTC in the area. The pay is good, hours aren't really that bad and LTC is one of the highest in the state. But my dream job is in maternity at a hospital, but with my husband laid off for the past 8 months and our savings getting depleted I needed to take it.

    I will start my new career with an open mind and hope I am able to get out of the student role and into my new role as an RN. It's scary and exciting at the same time.

    Well, I'll keep everyone posted on hour everything goes. And I will keep prayer for everyone who is still looking. It's really bad out there trying to find a job but keep at it and eventually you will find something, may not be exactly what you where hoping for but it will have to do for now. And who knows, we/I may even love it in the end.
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