Why many new grads don't find jobs.... - page 10

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While eating breakfast at a local diner in my scrubs, my waitress was excited to share the news that she, "finished my CNA clinicals yesterday!!" "Great! How was it?" I asked. She starts nursing school soon. "Depressing,"... Read More


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    Quote from TAWBSNRN
    I sure wish I could agree with this post, except...
    I have over 15 years of CNA experience in various healthcare settings. I have excellent employment references. I just graduated from a BSN program this May with honors. I have applied to almost every health care facility in MD and DE. I have not even been offered an interview, let alone a job. However, many of my classmates (with no experience whatsoever!) have already secured positions. And they haven't even taken their NCLEX exam yet!
    I am discouraged to say the least. It's actually quite depressing...
    not related to nursing but I know many other employers who prefer people on the flip side with zero experience, that way they can "groom" the employees and train them into their own culture...its often harder to retrain and get someone to change their ways. I am surprised more new nurses are not getting jobs. Its just the times we in for now.
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    Quote from TAWBSNRN
    I sure wish I could agree with this post, except...
    I have over 15 years of CNA experience in various healthcare settings. I have excellent employment references. I just graduated from a BSN program this May with honors. I have applied to almost every health care facility in MD and DE. I have not even been offered an interview, let alone a job. However, many of my classmates (with no experience whatsoever!) have already secured positions. And they haven't even taken their NCLEX exam yet!
    I am discouraged to say the least. It's actually quite depressing...
    I feel ya. This area has so many nursing programs, so you're competing with hundreds of applicants. Not only that, people all across the country apply for positions at area hospitals like Hopkins or Children's. Have you looked into correction facilities? They seem to be more willing to hire new grads than others.
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    Quote from Nurse2bKimberly
    I feel ya. This area has so many nursing programs, so you're competing with hundreds of applicants. Not only that, people all across the country apply for positions at area hospitals like Hopkins or Children's. Have you looked into correction facilities? They seem to be more willing to hire new grads than others.

    funny you mentioned correction facilities, I was going to suggest that last week but not many nurses, esp female nurses are keen on trying that route, for obvious reasons...of being harassed all the time and other potential risks a job like that holds. There is one close to me and their posted starting wage is $21/hr pretty much above what an area hospital pays. Even as a man, I think that would be very last option on my list of potential employers, it just seems like a limited , dead end, high turn-over position...i dont know, just guessing...is there any nurses out there would like to relate what it is like to work in a correctional facility?
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    Ok i agree with most of the comments here...
    I graduated in December, 2011, took the nclex a little later in april. That was a big mistake because in the DC/MD/Va area
    it is really a tough market. I say if you live in MD or VA first get that instead of DC. You are limited if you only do DC, because too many schools not enough hospitals. I literally would wake up and apply to hospitals everyday, from Southern VA, all the way to Delaware. I would say don't be picky, and pretty much say yes to any thing that says new GRADUATE. Also, if you can be a tech like once a week, volunteer even; get the foot in the door. My only classmates that got jobs were techs. I literally applied to 50 hospitals, I got 5 interviews. Even getting interviews is an accomplishment these days. One thing that really sucked was that since I had my ADN, I was competitng with all the BSN people. I even interviewed at Children's-3 people in one room, had a background check,drug screen only to be told the day before decisions that I would not get hired becasue I didn't have a BSN. I was mad for a month. However, I kept trying it took me 9 months to get the job at INOVA. For interviews, practice with a nurse because they ask a lot of "behavior questions" and scenarios too in most hospitals around here. So, keep your head up and don't give up.
    I didn't and it payed off!!!!!!!!!


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