New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement - page 2
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
Apr 22, '09i am a new lpn and i just passed my nclex in march, ive been to about ten inteviews and must have sent my resume to about twenty dif places,. i get the same answer " you do not have any exp". i am begining to feel that i just made the biggest mistake of my life, i have two daughters ages 2 and 1, and my husband salary can barely make it.. and i can honestly say that i wish that things would start getting better but thats not how i feel iis like all my sacrafices to get to this point is for nothing...
Apr 22, '09Thanks for this encouragement. After graduating in Dec, and having such a hard time finding ANYTHING, I finally got a per diem job in an assisted living facility. I have spoken to my profs. since graduating, and they all say, "We tried to warn you" without being too outspoken, that on the East Coast, there is a small vacancy ratio! Well, the college keeps pumping us out!
Apr 22, '09Upon graduating top of my class becoming an LPN, I was hired immediatly in LTC. My first day as a graduate LPN, my DON assigned me to the "skilled hall". This facility has 6 wings, holding 50 patients per wing. Me? Im assigned to SKILLED! All "NEW" nurses pay attention! I WAS SCAIRED TO DEATH! This hall, recieved all new admissions, the very ill patients, if they progressed, with the ok from their MD, they would transfer to the other halls. To this day, I thank my DON, for assigning me to this hall. The skills I obtained in the ten years I remained employed with this LTC facility are unremarkable. From admitting the patient, paperwork, taking off orders, ordering meds, clarifying questions with MD, treatments, ordering supplies, Iv's, Cad pumps,Ng tubes, peg tube feedings, catheters, peritoneal dialysis, trach care, making and recieving MD calls each day, pushing Iv meds emergency and non emergency, assessing critical situations and watching your patient heal from them, doing CPR, calling and leading a RED TEAM ALERT, also meeting the patients family needs, and at the end of my ten years at this facility, I had been Charge Nurse of each shift, including when I went to 16 hour shift weekends. They sent RNs to me to train, which I enjoyed teaching, they would look at me and ask me how i could take all the stress? Made me smile! Please know new nurses, us seasoned nurses know your fears, we have been where you are, and it takes time to become a great nurse. To learn, ask, Ive been a nurse 16 years now, I STILL ASK, its always changing, and its ok. Expect mistakes. They will humble you, and learn from them, we all make them. After 16 years in LTC, I feel I can go ANYWHERE with my skills and Charge experience, and do just fine. But I so remember walking onto that skilled hall brand spanking new my heart in my throat, thinking maybe I shoud work at Walmart instead! Be strong, Good Luck, Ask, always ask questions if need calls, we ALL are learning each day, you will become "the nurse" only "the nurse" YOU want to be in time! Congrats!
Apr 23, '09I really needed that encouragement. Thanks a lot!
I live in the Bay Area, graduated last December, and has been job hunting ever since. I am very frustrated and feeling hopeless that it'll be almost 5 months, and I haven't received a single phone call from any of the hospitals I've applied to.
Now, I am considering a possible employment at a skilled nursing facility. I would take any nursing job available to start my career and pay the student loans.
Apr 23, '09Thank you so much for the advice....
That's a long journey....
Hoping that i can also found my way to success....:icon_roll
Apr 23, '09Thank you ALL for your answers..you all make a lot of sense. I hope you're right about the job market turn-around, in fact, I guess I'm counting on it. I can't imagine working your butt off for years in school, not to mention paying for it, and then struggling for months to find jobs! That's got to be very frustrating..as someone who has spent her life working in 'unskilled' labor and didn't finished college, I cannot say I know how that feels.
I wish you all luck in this job market; Lord knows we always need good nurses, everywhere. Congrats to those of you who have been lucky enough to get jobs.
Apr 23, '09Keep your heads up, keep calling back weekly to check on your apps, take any shift you can to get your foot in the door, and again, LTC is a great way for RN's or LPN's to begin your careers, learn your skills, which to manys disbelief, skills ARE abundant in LTC facilities, I am living proof! Also in Indiana, the overtime in LTC is unbelievable, so not only are you learning your skills, you have an "open door" to all the overtime you can handle to pay down your loans! I dont know if I mentioned this, also the facilities I worked at, nurses were ALL listed as LN's. Makes for a great sisterhood. We ALL were teaching each other, new things every day! You worked hard to get your degree, now put that effort into finding your new job, it will come, as only you know, hard work pays off sooner or later! Then one day when you are working insane hours, being the Nurse in Charge, you will say to yourself quietly, "I want to work at Walmart"! Go get em new grads, the world needs you! DO NOT GIVE UP!
Apr 23, '09Hello, Friends! I'm a student with one semester of pre-reqs left before I can apply to my local BSN program. I hope I can help out some of the new grads.
First off, I can't say for sure, but my mom tells me that Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, CA is looking for nurses and supposedly they have a loan payback program and give you a car. You might want to look into it. And last I checked on Craigslist, the Humboldt County area (in Northern CA) had lots of postings for nurses, most with sign-on bonuses. Good luck.
Also, keep your options open. If you've just graduated, you probably have dreamed of being a nurse for a long time. But if you have an Associates or Bachelors degree, that opens up your options in MANY areas, not just nursing. I have a friend who is the assistant manager for the cash-handling office of a large corporation. He was hired because he has a bachelor's - in art. I aspire to be a midwife, but I had a minor crisis when deciding whether to pursue nurse-midwifery (which will probably take me 8 more years of school) or to become a social worker. I looked around and discovered that several places looking for social workers accepted nursing credentials for their social workers. If it works for you, it's another good way to help people, right? In the short term, at least.
I've been told by a few people that in some places "home-nursing care" is becoming popular, or needed anyway. Not hospice care - but for people who have had surgeries or have another reason they need follow-up care. Instead of staying in a hospital or care center they can enlist these nurses to provide follow-up care in their home a few times a day or week or whatever it may be. I think insurance covers this, and even if it doesn't it still may be a financially reasonable choice for many patients. If theres a group like this in your area, talk to them, if not - maybe you can start one up!
The last thing I was going to throw out there is the option of doing a loan repayment or service program. You may be able to get in with the Indian Health Service, which pays back substantial amounts of student loans in exchange for a 2-year contract serving in an underserved reservation. You may not want to move to a res - but the experience and loan repayment is definitely a plus at this time. For those who don't have kids and are more flexible - the Peace Corps and Americorps have some cool options for nurses. Their loan forgiveness isn't as substantial, but still, there's experience to be gained and good work to be done. And I believe that they at the least will arrange deferment of payments while you're serving.
Good luck, sisters and brothers! I hope things turn around by the time I get there.
Apr 24, '09But...whatever happened to "nurses can get a job anytime, work whenever and wherever they want?"
Apr 24, '09
Apr 25, '09I don't know if anyone is willing to relocate to Canada, but in Ontario we are desperate for RNs in ALL settings (entry-to-practice requirement of BSN). Please visit the website of the College of Nurses of Ontario - our regulatory body.
The nursing shortage is huge here and there's something like 11,000 unfilled positions right now and it's only getting worse since nurses are able to retire here sooner.
The pay is fantastic, it's one of the highest in Canada (right now, I think it's the highest). http://www.ona.org/faq#f16. As you can see, nurses starting this year in hospitals are starting at just under $30/hr and VERY quickly advance to top pay. There is a 3% raise for each bracket each April by ONA standards (our nursing union for hospitals).
In Ontario, the cost-of-living is relatively low (unless you live near a very large city like Toronto or even Ottawa).
In my 3rd year of nsg school, I already had a job for when I got my temp. RN license the next year and it was a 4 year contract job in ER with less than no experience other than clinicals (nice big sign-on bonus too).
If you'd like more information on anything please don't hesitate to send me a message
Apr 27, '09I have mentioned this many times here on allnurses. My experience was similar. I graduated in 1993 which was the first year of the job squeeze as the class before us easily got jobs. So, I went to LTC and made the shift to acute care in 2000, when things turned around, and I got a nice sign on bonus at the first hospital I worked at.
Apr 27, '09Some thoughts on the hiring freeze from someone who is just starting out. I have been looking at all the posts on the current freeze for the last few weeks trying to decide what to do. I will be starting on my pre reqs this summer. My husband has been laid off from automotive and we are both making major career changes ( I am a stay at home Mom) After all the media and Mich government reports about nursing shortages I decided that nursing was what I wanted to do. As I began looking into schools I also began hearing about hiring freezes and the lack of jobs for new grads. Needless to say I was worried that I was making a bad choice! After reading many posts here and elsewhere I have decided to continue. It seems that about once a decade there is a down cycle in nursing. Many new grads seem to be questioning the "shortage" everyone talks about but I have to say the numbers support it. The freeze isn't because hospitals have plenty of staff it's because of the economy. Hospitals are just making current staff deal with things for the moment until the economy picks up. The fact is that the baby boomers are going to need more care and many nurses will be retiring because they themselves are baby boomers!! Hospitals will HAVE to hire more nurses to handle the load. I know it's easy for me to say this because I have yet to incur any debt for school and if I where a current new grad I would probably not be so calm but I think new grads just have to be open to all the options out there to get that 1 yr of experience. Don't hold yourself back by thinking you HAVE to stay in your current area! You can move to another area, you can move to another country! I have kids and a husband and we have already decided that we will go wherever we have to when I graduate. You have to be open in this economy. You've already gotten through school you don't have anything to be afraid of! Things will turn around and I think, for those of us just going into to the programs, it will be much easier to get a job when we graduate than it is now. So if, like me, you are just getting started don't be afraid to continue. Nursing is something that can't really be outsourced or ever go away and it's one of the few careers that truelly, physically makes a difference in people's lives. So new grads and new students be encouraged! You have not made a mistake, it will be ok!:spin: