New Grads and Temp Agencies

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    Any new grads having any luck with temp agencies???
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    I had an offer for a contract position for 3-4 months with a temp agency that paid quite well for a new grad. I was going to take it, but I ended up very lucky with an offer for a FT position with a local hospital. I'm not sure what area you are in, but the recruiter needs many more nurses for the positions located in northern virginia.
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    Quote from msjack
    I had an offer for a contract position for 3-4 months with a temp agency that paid quite well for a new grad. I was going to take it, but I ended up very lucky with an offer for a FT position with a local hospital. I'm not sure what area you are in, but the recruiter needs many more nurses for the positions located in northern virginia.

    Congrats on the FT job!!! I am in Southern CA. I feel unsure about temp agencies because I heard that they are not working for you and place people into jobs were they dont belong. Scary for a new grad. But, I would love to get a better job then working at flu clinics.
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    i am a full time agency nurse. Any agency that would hire a new grad is not an agency that i would want to work for! at all, period. this isnt safe either for you the new grad, or the agency, or the patients.
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    Quote from morte
    i am a full time agency nurse. Any agency that would hire a new grad is not an agency that i would want to work for! at all, period. this isnt safe either for you the new grad, or the agency, or the patients.
    This is the kind of attitude that explains why none of us new grads can get jobs. I understand the concern that we are new and inexperienced, but how are we to become nurses that patients and employers can trust if we are not allowed to get our first jobs? I don't mean to sound snarky, but seriously, what are we supposed to do when no one wants to hire new grads? How are we going to get experience when there are no "safer" new grad jobs available that provide 12 weeks of orientation and preceptors? I'm getting really sick of people in the health care industry looking down their noses at us because we are "new". We were begged to go to school to become RNs to ease the nursing shortage, and now that we have our RN licenses, we are told that we are not wanted because we have no experience. Give me a break. Once all the older nurses start to retire and there is no one to take their place except for stale grads who have been waiting tables for a few years due to no nursing jobs, then that is really when safety concerns will come into play more than ever.

    I am sorry to rant, and I mean no offense to anyone because I realize that patient safety is number 1, but does anyone have a real solution to this unemployment problem that exists for us new grads?
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    Quote from tuttle13
    This is the kind of attitude that explains why none of us new grads can get jobs. I understand the concern that we are new and inexperienced, but how are we to become nurses that patients and employers can trust if we are not allowed to get our first jobs? I don't mean to sound snarky, but seriously, what are we supposed to do when no one wants to hire new grads? How are we going to get experience when there are no "safer" new grad jobs available that provide 12 weeks of orientation and preceptors? I'm getting really sick of people in the health care industry looking down their noses at us because we are "new". We were begged to go to school to become RNs to ease the nursing shortage, and now that we have our RN licenses, we are told that we are not wanted because we have no experience. Give me a break. Once all the older nurses start to retire and there is no one to take their place except for stale grads who have been waiting tables for a few years due to no nursing jobs, then that is really when safety concerns will come into play more than ever.

    I am sorry to rant, and I mean no offense to anyone because I realize that patient safety is number 1, but does anyone have a real solution to this unemployment problem that exists for us new grads?
    i was expecting this reaction.....i will emphasize...IT IS NOT SAFE FOR NEW GRADS TO BE EXPECTED TO DO WHAT I DO! any agency that would hire them is not an agency to be expected to have you back if anything goes south...i love to teach....this is not the melieu for that. i am not "eating my young" i am being honest.
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    Quote from morte
    i am a full time agency nurse. Any agency that would hire a new grad is not an agency that i would want to work for! at all, period. this isnt safe either for you the new grad, or the agency, or the patients.
    i was going to say the same thing. i wasn't aware that there are agencies out there that actually hire new grads
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    Sorry guys, agency is not the place to learn how to be a nurse. You already need to have a good grasp of nursing prior to agency. You will be expected to hit the floor running and a new grad will be at a severe disadvantage. A new grad needs structure, a good preceptor, and a year or so to learn the environment.

    Sorry about the economy and lack of jobs; however, you put both your career and your patient at risk when you jump into this type of situation without experience. I did some agency work a while back. I had two shifts of "orientation" in a busy 15 bed ER. I was out on my own doing RSI's, conscious sedation, and setting up patient transfers. I was expected to pull as much weight as senior nurses and had no tech as it was an all RN total cate ER. Many facilities expect agency nurses to be experienced and will throw you to the wolves.

    I am not sure I would want a new grad doing conscious sedation for the first time in a new environment without a preceptor. I understand it's difficult, but get some experience then go agency. There really is no process in place to mold a new grad into an experienced nurse.
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    Quote from tuttle13
    This is the kind of attitude that explains why none of us new grads can get jobs. I understand the concern that we are new and inexperienced, but how are we to become nurses that patients and employers can trust if we are not allowed to get our first jobs? I don't mean to sound snarky, but seriously, what are we supposed to do when no one wants to hire new grads? How are we going to get experience when there are no "safer" new grad jobs available that provide 12 weeks of orientation and preceptors? I'm getting really sick of people in the health care industry looking down their noses at us because we are "new". We were begged to go to school to become RNs to ease the nursing shortage, and now that we have our RN licenses, we are told that we are not wanted because we have no experience. Give me a break. Once all the older nurses start to retire and there is no one to take their place except for stale grads who have been waiting tables for a few years due to no nursing jobs, then that is really when safety concerns will come into play more than ever.

    I am sorry to rant, and I mean no offense to anyone because I realize that patient safety is number 1, but does anyone have a real solution to this unemployment problem that exists for us new grads?
    welcome to today's economy and today's job force. what you are experiencing is not exclusive to nursing. there are more people going back to the workforce for needed money and that allows employers to be picky in new employees. that is why more and more jobs are wanting experienced nurses. there are jobs out there for new grads, you just have to make sure your resume, cover letter, and interview are better than anyone else

    the problem with hiring new grads for agency work is that the orientation for the job isn't there. they give you a quick wrap up and send you out there. that is hard to do when you don't really have your fundamentals of the real world yet. add that to the other nurses that are working with you that despise you b/c you doing the same job for a lot more money than they do it for all the time. that leads to nurses that do not want to help you when you are in a pinch. it just isnt a good idea for new grads.
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    Quote from tuttle13
    this is the kind of attitude that explains why none of us new grads can get jobs. i understand the concern that we are new and inexperienced, but how are we to become nurses that patients and employers can trust if we are not allowed to get our first jobs? i don't mean to sound snarky, but seriously, what are we supposed to do when no one wants to hire new grads? how are we going to get experience when there are no "safer" new grad jobs available that provide 12 weeks of orientation and preceptors? i'm getting really sick of people in the health care industry looking down their noses at us because we are "new". we were begged to go to school to become rns to ease the nursing shortage, and now that we have our rn licenses, we are told that we are not wanted because we have no experience. give me a break. once all the older nurses start to retire and there is no one to take their place except for stale grads who have been waiting tables for a few years due to no nursing jobs, then that is really when safety concerns will come into play more than ever.

    i am sorry to rant, and i mean no offense to anyone because i realize that patient safety is number 1, but does anyone have a real solution to this unemployment problem that exists for us new grads?
    yep i agree and i disagree with morte.i know an "older",very experienced nurse who adviced me to look into home health care since not even one hospital wants to hire so that way i will prevent forgeting all the skills/theory i learned.now the nurse who made the suggestion about the home health care is an excellent and safe nurse and i know for a fact that she woud not recommend anything that would jeoperdize the pt safety and my license.she just believes in new grads unlike many other seasoned nurse or nurse recruiters...and i agree with you that ones the baby boomers start quiting their jobs the hospitals will be desperate to hire us...but then they can shove it up down their....
    Last edit by Blackheartednurse on Sep 10, '09


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