New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement - page 3
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 28, '09I am so glad someone posted this. I currently work at a hospital in RI as a CNA and I know once I do obtain my RN license I probably won't be able to get a job here. I am preparing my mind for taking anything I can once I do start my career as an RN. I'm willing to go to LTC facilities, home care or even move to another state. But I also know that I have a few years before I get my license. I still need to complete my pre-req's and then the RN program so I'm thinking at least anouther 5 years... I work full time nights as it is.
so I have to say to everyone who is saying "I can't get a job" .. open your horizons.. keep in mind you became a nurse to help patients in all settings not just hospitals. Start out where you can and grow from there. No one starts at the top!
Apr 28, '09Hi everyone!
I graduate next week (RN) and I haven't had any luck either (with about 24 resumes/apps out so far). I have even tried to expand my search to LTC facilities and Visiting Nurse, but have been told that they still want 6 mos to a year of experience!
Apr 28, '09I'll be graduating next week and low and behold I also do not have a job. I currently work in clinical research so I desperately trying for jobs in that capacity. This economic crisis has just hit every industry at its core. I am so disenchanted with this whole sitaution. Good luck to all you other new grads out there. I hope a turn around happens sooner than later!
Apr 29, '09"so I have to say to everyone who is saying "I can't get a job" .. open your horizons.. keep in mind you became a nurse to help patients in all settings not just hospitals. Start out where you can and grow from there. No one starts at the top!"
That is a very profound statement; something I think more new grads should keep in mind. This is how I look at it. I'm a new grad and it sort of doesn't matter where I work for my first job because no matter what it is it will be experience gained that I didn't have before. I got a job in LTC and on my first day I finally understood what they mean when they say you learn on the job not in school. I felt pretty useless on my first day but I'm going back to try it again. Maybe day 2 will be better. It has to, right?
Apr 29, '09I graduated in Dec. '08 and just got my RN lic in March '08. My husband and I decided to relocated to Virginia about 2 yrs ago but I held back until I finished nursing school. Now that I am done I'm having a really hard time finding a job in Virginia. Now our move is on hold until I am able to get a job. Really don't know what to do, I've been applying online and calling and faxing my apps. Is it better to be in VA when applying? I gave up applying at the hospitals, I've been focusing on LTC. Need help????
Apr 29, '09I appreciate the words of encouragement for new grads. However, in Northern/Central New Jersey I have applied to numerous LTC facilities and Home Health Agencies, unfortunately they have said they want at least 1 year experience....I am getting very discouraged. I have an excellent resume, graduated from an excellent RN nursing program in Dec passed the NCLEX on the first try with only 75 questions, have work experience as a Nursing Assistant for 1 year, working full time while going to nursing school, and have a Bachelors Degree in another field, and business experience since I worked in another field for 15 years. Now I am unemployed...since the State of NJ will no longer let me work as an NA because I got my RN....maybe I should have put off taking & passing the boards !!!! I am tempted to go back into the business world...VERY DISAPPOINTING !!!! :angryfire I have applied to positions as far as 75 miles away, at small & big hospitals, LTC, Rehabs, & Home Care!!! I kept telling myself during nursing school that all this hard work, sacrificing time w/my family(that's why I can't do travel nursing or relocation) & dealing with MEAN :angryfire nursing instructors and NASTY :angryfire RNs as a nursing assistant would pay off in the end...now I'm not so sure !!!
Apr 29, '09Thank you for the words of encouragement. :spin: I was about to give up. I graduated in Aug 2008, received my LVN license Dec 2008 and have been looking for a job ever since. I continue to be told that I need at least one year's experience. Now how can a new grad get experience if no-one is willing to give them an opportunity? They will not take into consideration my clinical experience from school. I too have extended my options with apps in LTC and Home Health as well as willing to drive out of the area within 75 miles of my home to get a job. No luck so far. Money is running out, and I may need to go back into a clerical position which means I have worked sooo hard for nothing. :angryfire
I planned on continuing my education and getting my RN, but not sure if it's worth it if I can't get a job.Last edit by dmcdaniels on May 11, '09
Apr 30, '09Quote from AmberholmestmSome of the perspectives here are good both the positive and negative ones but come on ther eare so many things wrong with what this user said. Verdugo Hills Hospital is doing what givign away cars and paying back loans believe me they advertise those things especially the more believable like loan repayment but they are not. Most places are not offering loan repayment righ now due to the economy and a car if you get a 1,000-2,000 bonus after a years employment you be lucky. they are offering quoteHello, 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.
"Verdugo Hills Hospital offers a fulfilling work environment, competitive health and retirement plans, exceptional career development opportunities, and a host of other valuable benefits to its full-time employees (scheduled 24 hours or more per week). Some of these benefits include:
- Health, dental and life insurance
- Supplemental life insurance
- Long-term disability
- Flex spending accounts - covers dependent care and non-reimbursed health care costs
- Shift differentials
- Paid time off
- Pension plan "
Of course we are considering other areas of nursing and healthcare we are qulified for which does not include "home health" which like travling requires acute care expirience or "social work" which requires a social work degreee and licience. I'm just a little tired of this "well i heard RN's get" BS from people who don't know. Were I live I have enought to deal with in reality like I have a lease and can't move untill august and my student loan payment can only be differed 6 mounths and if I get an RN job I will be able to make the payments working a job you don't need a specific degree foe liek nursing will not pay the bills. Ok sorry but I just don't care what your moma said is she even a nurse? I mean honestly if the mass media can't get it right and objectivly report your moma doesn't know jack.
Apr 30, '09I don't get it. Out here in California, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, that there are hundreds of medically unserved populations/areas. Is it because they are just looking for medical services from physicians/dentists and not nurse? From what I infer, since they are giving a bunch of scholarships away to nursing students with a promise to work in a medically unserved area, that there is a nursing shortage. Are the wages always going to be lower in a medically underserved area?
May 1, '09Well since I was all negative a couple of days ago, I guess I'll have to be a little positive now. I got a call from a doctor's office for a job I applied for on Monster. It's not a hospital or LTC, but hey, if I can get 1 year experience working as an RN that would be awesome !!!! So say some prayers out there :bowingpur, my interview is Monday...and I'll say some prayers :bowingpurfor all of the other discouraged nursing graduates with no nursing experience !!!
May 1, '09"A bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) is the most common minimum requirement to qualify for a job as a social worker; however, majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields may qualify for some entry-level jobs, especially in small community agencies."
I have seen a few postings for Level I or entry-level social workers requiring only a bachelor's degree in any field, as long as a certain amount of credits received were in social or behavioral science. At least one posting mentioned that nursing credits would qualify. Nevertheless on further thought, I'm sure that social workers are having just as hard a time finding jobs as nurses these days, so you'd probably be better off moving to Canada.
Sorry for the misinformation. Good luck finding something workable for you.
May 2, '09Thanks for the encouragement. I did secure a full time job at a LTC county facility. 8 hour shifts and great benefits which I needed.
I appreciate the encouragement because nursing home jobs seem like not much experience. Your own experience gives me hope for my future.
May 5, '09I've wondered that myself, I think it actually means "assuming you can work any and every schedule, times and days are not an issue and you have at least 2 years experience. Otherwise, some of us have to prioritize and accept a job that meets most of our requirements and a few of our desires. "Anytime, anywhere was definately not my scenario, even though I did end up getting what I wanted (I was hired for 10p-6a, not much competition for that shift and it's what I wanted). Good luck to anyone job hunting!