Heads up to all nursing students, from recent grad..... - page 3

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Hello Everyone and congratulations to those just entering nursing school, those about to graduate, and everyone in between. You worked hard to get here, congratulate yourself for getting to this point, wherever that point is for... Read More


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    I posted almost exactly the same thing and got zero response. It seems many students continue to labor under the mistaken impression that upon graduation, institutions will be lining up to offer them jobs.


    http://allnurses.com/nursing-student...nt-777517.html
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    I think this is a good post to give folks a reality check, because until recently, all I heard was "Oh you'll have a job as soon as you graduate!" Not true. I graduate in December and have several classmates that are looking at graduating with no job. The hospital slots have all filled up, there aren't any jobs left. One of the local hospitals here is actually having to lay nurses off because they are doing so poorly, the other is only hiring internally. I am VERY lucky in that I have a friend who is best friends with the VP of nursing at a local hospital. It's the only reason I managed to get a new grad job offer in the ED. In this area, the one thing that really gives you a good leg-up is working as an extern first...most departments will hire their externs before they consider even interviewing anyone else.
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    This is an excellent thread!!! I am also a May 2012 grad. I just got a job and start tomorrow!!!
    I did want to add to this as well. I live in NE Ohio and like most of the country we are saturated with nurses!!
    Even though I graduated in May, I did not get an interview until I passed my NCLEX which was in July.
    All calls I receieved or online applications wanted to know if I was a current RN. I think that maybe they didn't want to waste time on interviews with someone that hadn't even taken the NCLEX yet......
    Good Luck to all nurses at there that are looking for jobs. Lets stick together and support one another!!!!!!
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    Three years ago when my daughter first started looking for a RN program we visited 2 and 4 year colleges as well as hospital programs. In the end she chose a hospital based program. They will hire their own nurses first, and they have 4 times the clinical hours than the colleges had. I am so thankful she did choose that program. She graduates in a month and has already been offered a position. And trust me, we were very worried about her getting a job. Most of the graduating class before hers that finished in the summer all got jobs as well. If you live in an area that has hospital based programs you are competing against those nurses who are coming out of there. But my daughter also worked jobs while in school, did mentorships, and worked in the healthcare field. I think all of that helps. I lot of new young nurses coming out of school may have stellar grades, but they sometimes lack job skills as they have never worked before. They don't have life experiences either. I believe this can contribute to not being as marketable either. Reality is that it is a tough job market for all careers right now. Those careers, such as nursing, teaching, engineers, etc. are finding that you just cannot walk into those jobs like you could 4 years ago. It has to get better, right? You all have worked so incredibly hard and I feel very confident you will find jobs! And by the time the job market and economy gets better you all will have worked hard, have some great job experiences and will have some great opportunities for career moves and advancement. You will be the top in your field. Best of luck to you all, hang it there. Success is waiting for you!
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    Hello Everyone and thank you very much for all the replies, both agreeable and those that find this disagreeable or redundant.
    First let me clear up something very important:

    I DID NOT SAY, NOR AM I INSINUATING ANYONE SHOULD QUIT NURSING SCHOOL, FORGO ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK, BYPASS YOUR DREAM OF BEING A NURSE TO PURSUE SOME OTHER CAREER PATH!

    Please do not think I posted this to change your mind, because If my one post or other posts from unknown posters on here is capable of that level of influence and you are considering a change because of strangers that is a different ballgame entirely. As you know, all levels of pursuing a career in nursing takes dedication, and if you are not dedicated or unsure, that is your personal struggle, not something I have intention of impressing upon you. I do not claim to know every potential/future nurses personal situation, local employment situation, or level of opportunity open for you.

    I have read some disheartening posts before, that insinuated I "quit", change my mind about my career choice and path taken, and that is unfair. You and only you know what is right for you.

    Those you of you that have open doors, however you have gained access, congratulations! Those of you that started as CNA/ACP's, worked in health-care in various forms, volunteered, and went the extra mile, that is absolutely awesome, and extremely smart. The aforementioned people who have networked, planned, gone above and beyond to further your odds, Those things are what I'm trying to impress on students. This is what takes for the majority of us to get a job after graduation. Some are lucky regardless, whatever works to get the job.

    I am saying it is hard. My teachers, other educations, lay people, hospital employees not working as ACP/CNA, nurses, or in HR, are often times shocked to find out how long, how difficult getting a new job as graduate can be. Also, one of things that gave me hope when I felt discouraged (when reading realistic posts, or during the difficult process of trying to get interviews) was knowing that if it is hard for me to get a job in a field that is still growing/will continue to grow, I can only imagine the difficulty faced by graduates that obtained degrees for other fields with even more bleak prospects.

    So, no it wasn't handed to me or most others like it was some years ago, but yes gaining employment, practicing as a nurse is without a doubt possible.

    While I don't expect to start a revolution, or change a persons ways, I only hope to lesson someone from being blindsided and hopefully give opportunity prepare. If is my belief that I am wrong to assume that because I know, they know, or because everyone knows, they know. This is my personal belief and I hope to incorporate it into my nursing practice.
    Thank you everyone.
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    Quote from Future_Chief_CRNA
    thanks for the post and the warning!!! gahh i have 2.5 years and i'm hoping that the economic climate will change. I wonder if this varies from state to state or if this the general process for new grads?

    any insider tips from new grads/hires is always appreciate!
    It seems that it varies from both state to state, and location in the state. It seems that in most states, the populated areas, areas with a few/many nursing schools are having the most difficulty getting a job. In my state, there are areas, mostly rural, where jobs are easily obtained, IF you are able to relocate. Just reading these boards has lead me to believe that CA, FL, NY are some of the hardest states right now. This is, of course, JMO. Goodluck!
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    Thanks for the wake up call, lilarox! I was under the (apparently, naive) impression that it would not be difficult to obtain a nurse position after graduation. Every article I read speaks of the shortage in nursing, as well as its growth expected to be among the fastest of all occupations. Oh well, hopefully it will be better when I graduate. Thanks again for taking the time to create this post

    Hopefully you will keep posting on your first day, week, month ect of actually working in the field. No pressure
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    There is no nursing shortage at the moment. Jobs are extremely hard to come by. I appreciate the OP for sharing her personal experiences. .........it is always my belief Praemonitus praemunitus or forewarned is forearmed

    Great post lilarox!
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    I do have to say that the nursing jobs may not be in your area, you may need to move and venture out of your nest. It drives me crazy when I see a bunch of people complaining about no jobs, but they chose not to leave the area. So tell me, you say there are no jobs, but your from the North eastern area with a much larger population? How about moving down south where my local hospital has 65 postings for RNs along with 10 other hospitals in this area? You need to be willing to leave your nest and move to the job. What did the immigrants do during the industrial revolution? Oh, did they complain that they're are no jobs and sat at home waiting for the job to come to them?
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    I hope my post didn't seem sarcastic. I actually appreciate the heads up. After all, Who wouldn't listen to a real person in the situation over an article on the internet. Just wanted to clear that up in case my previous post left the wrong impression.


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