Yet another unemployed new grad.. - page 2

Well it's official...I am one of those new grads that just CANNOT get a job (or an interview for that matter). I graduated in May with an ADN, had a 3.7 GPA, worked for 4 years as a tech and never thought I would be in this... Read More

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    Quote from RN In FL
    Why do you new grads think 4.0 GPA's will get you jobs?????? Welcome to the real world.....most employers do not care about your GPA
    fposey mentioned 4 years experience as a tech before graduating as well as a higher GPA. I didn't get the impression that there was any expectation of an automatic job because of higher grades, just a general vent that it's really hard to get a job as a new grad right now. The real world at the moment is a hard place to find job as a new nurse.

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    Hi fposey,
    I am sorry you are having such a difficult time finding a job. Years ago when I graduated as an ADN things were the opposite. I have been very blessed in my career and still have only my associates degree. I work in MDS now, and am writing to you to offer an idea. I never thought I would ever work in a SNF but after moving several states away and applying for several positions at the local major medical center I chose the SNF I am at because of the position. Since I started there 1.5 years ago I have seen countless new grads in your same position. At my SNF we interview new grads from out of state a lot, both Associate degreed and Bachelor degreed. I am finding that a new grad is still a new grad. At a SNF there tends to be a little more turnover I think, and is a good place to learn some basic skills. We still have our pick of best and hire a lot of RN's because our facility only had a couple when the new director took over just before I was hired. It was staffed by almost all LVN's and C.N.A.'s. Once we hire an RN (new grad) we ask but dont require a one year commitment from them. The director then helps with getting them into other positions within the acute care hospital system we are associated with. It works out great for both parties that way. Just a thought. If you haven't made the rounds of all the SNF's it might be a good idea. Good luck, I hope it works out soon for you
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    I feel your pain!! I graduated in May, passed my boards in June and I have applied everywhere within a one hour drive from my house and still nothing. It is so depressing because I am a single mother with bills to pay. I never imagined it would be this hard. Good luck to you!!!
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    Perhaps you could have someone look over your resume/cover letter? Do you change each one of those for the positions that you are applying for? Study the core values of the facility you are applying, and tailored each letter with those values in mind. Don't be super corny or obvious about it, but rather more discrete. Read the job description, and illustrate how you meet the listed criteria with examples. If you have been mostly applying to hospitals, maybe look into LTC facilities. You will get some experience that will be very marketable to the hospital environment. (time management, prioritization, delegation, nursing skills) I graduated in December 2011, and started a job in short term rehab unit Feb 1. A mere two months later, I landed a job on a cardiac step down unit. There is hope out there! I wish you well! Good LUCK!!!
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    Quote from RN In FL
    Why do you new grads think 4.0 GPA's will get you jobs?????? All that competitiveness dosen't really matter huh? I am not being mean, but nursing schools which have all these great expectations of making it so difficult to get in, and making one think they are smarter than everybody else, to have that 4.0 to get in, then to get your bubble popped when you can't land a job after graduating. Seems your A's are no better than the C's. Just hang in there, and get off that nursing school highest gpa crap of "who's the smartest always win" mentality. Welcome to the real world.....most employers do not care about your GPA
    So students shouldn't try in nursing school? They shouldn't be proud of putting in the work and getting good grades in a difficult program? That "nursing school highest gpa crap" actually does matter in a lot of places, thank you very much - here in Philadelphia, even with your BSN, most of the hospitals will toss your resume as a new grad if you didn't pull over a 3.5.

    Having a high GPA doesn't mean that you think you're smarter than anybody else. It doesn't mean that you're going to start on a floor and cowboy it up because you think you're "that darn good." It means that you put a hell of a lot of effort into getting through your nursing program and you were fortunate enough to have it reflect in your grades. Your condescending reply contributed precisely zero to the OP's post, very nice.

    fposey - I don't know the market in Georgia, but it seems like a lot of ADNs/Diplomas are having difficulty in areas where hospitals are shooting for Magnet status (thus drawing them to BSN candidates, if they even hire new grads). I'd enroll in a BSN program online if you can, and then put on your resume that you're in the program and your estimated completion date.

    Also, if relocation is an option for you, there are places that are hiring new grads pretty frequently. North Dakota and Colorado are two I've heard about, but if relocation is viable for you, it might not hurt to put your resume up on Monster and see what bites you can get. Best of luck to you.
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    Just keep at it! Apply everywhere you can. I think that many hospitals today want "experienced" nurses, which is a huge problem if you are a new grad. I say take a job at a nursing home if you have to. Experience does help. Good luck!
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    Long term care, Life Care Centers specifically, a great employer who takes on and trains new grads.
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    I am a new grad too and the job market doesn't help matters much. You just have to go out there and pound the pavement. I literally googled any kind of healthcare around where I live and took my resume to them. I did this for about 10 days straight and today it payed off!! I got a full time job as a hospice nurse, which is what I have always wanted to do . Happy day in this house hold---and it will be for you too soon, just gotta keep your head up!
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    Look at Traveling Nurses, Veterans Administration, Agency Nursing Staffing Companies to get experience. Where are u located at? Houston and Galveston Area have plenty of jobs in Texas.
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    Quote from RN In FL
    Why do you new grads think 4.0 GPA's will get you jobs?????? All that competitiveness dosen't really matter huh? I am not being mean, but nursing schools which have all these great expectations of making it so difficult to get in, and making one think they are smarter than everybody else, to have that 4.0 to get in, then to get your bubble popped when you can't land a job after graduating. Seems your A's are no better than the C's. Just hang in there, and get off that nursing school highest gpa crap of "who's the smartest always win" mentality. Welcome to the real world.....most employers do not care about your GPA
    I am certain most people know that a high GPA does not automatically get you a job. A high GPA in school certainly helps an RN get into a decent BSN program or a competitive MSN program. GPA matters when the RN aspires for advancement. Congrats on the 3.7 fposey and keep trying. GOOD LUCK!!


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