She sure did... and with a straight face!

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    Promptly turn me away as soon as she asked about my experience as a RN and I said that I was a new grad. I'm referring to the Director of Recruitment for a hospital. I went to a career fair that I had pre-registered for and disclosed on the form that I was a new grad! I was not informed prior to the event that we would be looked at like we have a highly contagious disease and that we should just stay home! I wouldn't have wasted an hour drive and parking fees to be told to go online and wait for GN jobs to be posted. Why couldn't they just put in the description of the event that GNs (even with a license) would not be allowed! They were very nice to me even commenting on my attire, but as soon as I said new grad... It's like I turned green or something. They could have at least taken a resume! I understand the whole economy thing and the cost to train new nurses and blah blah blah... BUT what I can't for the life of me understand is why they feel the need to treat us like we're less than because we don't have experience. It is very disheartening to go through several years of intense education/training and then pass a licensing test AND receive a professional license and still be treated like I'm not even a person not to mention a licensed RN!!! It makes me !!! They could've at least thanked me for the time I took to express interest in their hospital! Makes me not even want to look for jobs anymore ...

    Thanks for reading my rant/vent!
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    Sorry to hear about your experience. It is getting more difficult to find job for experienced RNs, which means new grads are going to have an even more difficult time. I have noticed in my area, that the ads used to say 1 to 2 years of experience and the past 1 or 2 years, they are now say 3 to 5 years experience. How do they expect new grads to get experience if they are not going to hire them??

    Yes, they should have mentioned in their ad that they were seeking experienced nurses.

    Hang in there!!
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    Don't feel bad. I applied for a job one time and was sent directly to an office to see about a position. The person sitting at the desk would not acknowledge my presence and made me stand there like an idiot. I finally got a sentence out of her, then when I responded, she went right back to staring down at her desk and refused to speak another word. And I was not even a new grad at the time! Rudeness knows no boundaries!
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    My personal...er, favorite...was when I received a call-back from a company that I filled out an application with (indicating that I was a new grad, of course). So this woman gets on the phone and after a little intro chit-chat, starts asking me about my work experience. I tell her I'm a new grad...and she GROANS in the phone. I mean, ***** ?

    At least she could have explained politely (or neutrally, I would not have cared) that I was not qualified and let it go, but to be so rude was uncalled for. It was very disheartening. And as time went on, I found out that less-than-polite is how a lot of facilities treat new grads. It's a shame.
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    I don't know why we teach children in grade school to be polite when in reality we should just let them be rude because the majority of the professional society is rude. I'm going back into nursing as a second career and managed to get on with one of the hospitals in the area as a nursing assistant. Thankfully I think I'm in one of the few areas of the US that PREFERS new grads. We'll see what happens when I graduate though!
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    I'm sorry. When I looked for jobs, it seemed like hr writes the worse nursing job descriptions in the world. It's amazing how many jobs clearly want an experienced rn but the posting clearly indicates any level of experience is welcome.

    I once saw an er position that clearly had a year of med/surge listed as the only requirement along with " experienced rns only. " experienced in what?

    I remember being groaned at once too as a new grad! Like you are going to forget that when you have experience!
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    I'm sorry. When I looked for jobs, it seemed like hr writes the worse nursing job descriptions in the world. It's amazing how many jobs clearly want an experienced rn but the posting clearly indicates any level of experience is welcome.

    I once saw an er position that clearly had a year of med/surge listed as the only requirement along with " experienced rns only. " experienced in what?

    I remember being groaned at once too as a new grad! Like you are going to forget that when you have experience!

    Aarrrhhawaiaigahhhh!

    You are so right.

    I want to yell this at some local hospitals.

    I read the job description carefully, see 0-1 years required experience, dutifully fill out their applications then get a rejection email saying no new grads.

    If your HR is sick of inexperienced RNs like me applying, then please be specific about your position requirements. You'll still have dozens of people who aim for the pie in the sky, but at least you can weed out a few applicants who do read and respect the listed requirements.
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    I feel the same way!. The worst part is that it does not even end at the applications process.....I recently got hired (finally after 9 months and over 100 applications) and the staff is always asking me where I worked before this....I tell them this is my first nursing job, "I am a new grad"...... they give me the same sour reaction.

    People seem to forget that EVERYBODY was a new graduate at one time or another.
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    I was looking at the RN jobs recently to get an idea of the market and 99% of the ads on the site expressed NO NEW GRADS... in exactly those letters. There were over 8 pages of ads for RNs with recent job postings all wanting experienced RNs... these are the same places that the RNs there are complaining about always working understaffed!
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    To OP, that stinks, I'm sorry I'd be irritated too!!

    And to AZMOM - I have been doing the same thing, trying to see what's out there (I'm not even in nursing school yet, but working that way) and I wonder sometimes what the REAL story is. One of the hospitals near me has PAGES of RN jobs listed. I know they're a good place to work (it's my #1 choice), so why all the openings? Are they too picky? Or just not taking them down? IDK?!


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