RN Jobs after graduation

  1. Hello,
    I am graduating from an Associate's Degree program in August 2012. I have been looking at job postings for RN positions in both Wisconsin and Illinois (if I want to move). I have found a couple that interest me, but most of them have requirements such as experience in hospital, experience period, or educational requirements such as a bachelor's degree. I will be going back to school to get my bachelors degree as soon as I can, but I want to work as an RN right after I graduate (and pass my NCLEX).

    What I am asking is, how hard is it to get an RN job when you are a new nurse? I am a CNA right now in a long term care setting. I have been a CNA since I was 17 (now 22), so I have lots of long term care experience. Everytime I apply for a hospital CNA position I get absolutely NOWHERE. No call, and when I call them they say I am not what they are looking for (already) or that the position is no longer open, even though it's on the website months later. Any help or advice would be great. Thanks
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  3. by   Esme12
    Search this sitre and you will find more than enough answers.


    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but.....

    The following article is a compilation of the thoughts and opinions expressed by Medscape readers of the article "Looking Out for Our New Nurse Grads." Not every comment posted on Medscape is included here, and some comments were abbreviated and/or edited for clarity. The Big Lie?

    Without a doubt, the main source of frustration experienced by recently graduated and licensed but still unemployed nurses is what could be called "the big lie."In other words, the television commercials that encourage young people to become nurses -- and then abandon them for months (or years) without employment; and the educators who tell them that the associate's degree is perfectly adequate to guarantee employment, that they will have their pick of jobs when they graduate, and that there is plenty of time to get a BSN later on. Who knows whether it is greed, ignorance, or wishful thinking that underlies the fairy tales told to nursing students about their future job prospects? Whatever the motivation, the disillusionment of our new grads is palpable. The jobs they expected after all of their hard work just haven't materialized, and some grads are getting pretty desperate.

    Will Work for Experience

    The strongest motivator for the working population is money, but for some newly licensed registered nurses, getting valuable clinical experience seems to be taking precedence over the paycheck. Without that experience, the financial future of these nurses will remain precarious because they will be unable to find jobs.
    "I am willing to take a 50% pay cut or even work for free so I can get the darned experience," said one frustrated new graduate who has been unable to break out of the unending cycle of "no job without experience, and no experience without a job."

    Please read this. It requires registration nut it is free and has excellent information and resource of information. Every area of the country is different but it is a tough market out there for everyone. Good luck!