I graduated in Spring of 2010 with a BSN and have yet to find employment. Like many new grads on here, I've applied to so many facilities, gone on interviews...and still no luck. I'm definitely driven and on a continuous search. I know the typical route for a new grad would be residencies or new grad programs, and I've tried those venues also but its just so competitive these days. I've just recently inquired about a nurse transition program in the area as well, but in case I do not get admitted, I need to have a back up plan. I've been considering an RN Refresher course since its been a year since I've graduated. Would this make me more marketable? Is that even typical for a new grad to do? Do any of you know of a comprehensive ones in the Bay Area? I'm looking for one with clinicals and job placement assistance. Any information/advice would be much appreciated! Trying to stay hopeful and positive in this economy is hard but I know I have to keep going =) Nursing is my passion!!!
Also, since its been a year, should I no longer apply to new grad programs/residencies?
For those new grads who are in the same boat as I am, and are in the Bay Area/CA, how have you been keeping yourself updated and relevant..where have you been volunteering? certifications? etc.
What about various certifications - ACLS, etc. to help make you more marketable? You're definitely still considered a new grad, because you don't have experience yet. It is TOUGH in the Bay Area right now - but keep your chin up. You have a great attitude, and if you love it, you're going to find the right job. Are you set on staying here, or have you considered looking further out in central CA/some of the more rural areas?
Last edit by gigglymo on Mar 26, '11
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I have been in your shoes. I got my RN lic in Feb and desperately looked for a job. I had no experience as a new nurse, and all jobs want at least 1 year experience.
So... I signed up for the flu clinic/ per diem position oh! and medical utilization review nurse position. Next I applied for camp nurse position that was very low pay. This gave me experience and something to put on my resume. JUNE STARTED CAMP NURSE POSITION...
Next,... psychiatric home health nurses seem to be in abundance out here in Georgia and I started working as a psychiatric nurse in AUGUST. ... OH!! and I have been offered a few positions doing the same thing for other agencies!
I love psychiatric...
I was just recently offered a wound care nursing position per diem... and they are going to train me!
NOW keep in mind psych nurse pays 2x more than wound care. THAT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE I WANT THE EXPERIENCE. I AM SO GRATEFUL AND HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN OFFERED THIS POSITION.
Keep ur head up!!!... sign up for temp jobs like med records review and flu clinics they will pretty much hire you over the phone and immediately.
Last edit by svalico on Mar 27, '11