Why many new grads don't find jobs.... - page 2

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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 DarkBluePhoenix
    Students do not realize the importance of working (and networking) while in school. There is absolutely no reason they can not get a CNA/tech job after their first semester (after they challenge the exam). Its perfect.
    Maybe tech/CNA jobs aren't so competitive where you are. I went to nursing school in Boston, where finding a CNA job takes connections.

    I was already working full-time when I started nursing school. I applied for several CNA positions, and never got a callback. After I finished my first semester, I asked my advisor how to challenge my state's CNA exam. She wouldn't tell me! The way she reacted, you'd think I'd asked for her social security number. My only other options were taking my school's CNA course ($1500) or a Red Cross course ($700). I finally found out how to challenge the exam 2 weeks before I graduated.

    I volunteered in an ER for 2 years during school. It didn't help me find a job. Most of the ER techs were nursing students, and they were not guaranteed jobs when they graduated. If a nursing position wasn't available, the day you passed the NCLEX was the day you lost your tech job.

    Quote from RCBR
    "I finished CNA clinicals".

    I didn't even know there was such a thing as a CNA clinical.
    My school had CNA clinicals. Students went to nursing homes. During my tour of Nursing Home Hell, I encountered quite a few CNA students doing their clinicals.
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    Quote from RCBR
    "I finished CNA clinicals".

    I didn't even know there was such a thing as a CNA clinical.
    I don't know how you'd pass the skills test without clinicals! We were actually tested at the nursing home where we learned.


    While I do agree with the overall point...you can't expect to be competitive without doing everything you can, I can completely relate to the girl you were talking to. Call me spoiled, call me jaded, call me what you will, but I absolutely refused to work in a nursing home after I became a CNA. I could barely make it through clinicals without being horribly depressed - the atmosphere and attitude of the staff were just not for me. To the point that I'd rather play the zero experience lottery.
    I have three kids. I technically have ZERO time for a job on top of school, but I'm looking anyway. It is extremely hard to get a CNA job in a hospital without prior experience. And I know this. And I'll just keep applying. If I don't get a gig before I'm an RN, so be it, I guess. I'll get to play the lottery a little longer!
    Overall, though, my gpa and Hesi is going to be more important, and I'm not willing to sacrifice. I can always get experience later. My grades are forever.
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    Maybe tech/CNA jobs aren't so competitive where you are. I went to nursing school in Boston, where finding a CNA job takes connections.

    Oh yes they are competitive where I am at. I live in Southern California. EVERYTHING IS COMPETITIVE lol


    If you read my *** next to where I posted. I stated that it took me connections to get the job I have now.

    It is sad when people can't get jobs even with connections or volunteering. I was just saying that maybe while people wait to get into school or during their breaks they can look then. Sometimes its a timing issue.
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    [QUOTE=RCBR;6510976]"I finished CNA clinicals".

    I didn't even know there was such a thing as a CNA clinical
    ."

    We had to do 40 hours of clinicals at a LTC facility for my CNA course. Don't most CNA courses require actual hands-on hours?
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    Quote from RCBR
    "I finished CNA clinicals".

    I didn't even know there was such a thing as a CNA clinical.
    I had to have 40 hours to get my CNA certificate. Maybe it varies by state?
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    I work in a hospital and know several nurse managers and still can't get a job
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    After I finished my first semester, I asked my advisor how to challenge my state's CNA exam. [...] I finally found out how to challenge the exam 2 weeks before I graduated.
    Just curious - what do you mean by "challenge the exam"? Maybe it's a state thing or I'm just having a burned-out-nursing-student-brain moment!
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    Quote from pecanpies
    Just curious - what do you mean by "challenge the exam"? Maybe it's a state thing or I'm just having a burned-out-nursing-student-brain moment!
    In some cases, you may be licenses as a CNA by taking the exam without having ever completed an official course. It is my understanding that this only works in states where there is no clinical component to the certification.
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    I worked for almost three years in an oncologist office during nursing school, but that is the only healthcare experience I have. I just graduated with my BSN last week and even though I have been applying for jobs since January, I have had no interviews or offers to date. What else do hiring managers look for? I did not include my GPA on my resume because it is a 3.088 and I don't know if that would defer them from contacting me.
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    Some nursing students can apply for the CNA state exam after the first semester of nursing school. similarly to those schools that allow RN students to apply for the LPN boards after the first year of school.


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