Yet another unemployed new grad.. - page 4

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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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    Georgia Dept of Corrections has no open RN positions. what the heck! Am I seeing this right?!
    I work in Northern VA, but my company (Correct Care Solutions) has contracts in Georgia. I also know that Corizon Healthcare has a couple of contracts in Georgia as well. Check them out I think most of their contracts are with local jails, but I think that's a great experience. The RN's at my facility take the charge nurse role, and assist the doctor with clinic (he comes 2-3 days per week), respond to emergencies, change wound dressings, and administer the diabetic's medications. Corrections was my first job as an LPN & I'm very grateful for the opportunity. Around that time when I was hired, a lot of new grad RN's were hired as well.
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    Have you considered jumping right back into school for a BSN? It'll be something in the mean time and when you are done it would make you more marketable.
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    Yes I want to go back to school for my BSN and my goal is to become an NP in the future. Problem is still no money. It's too late to apply for FAFSA for this year.
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    I am a relatively new RN of just two years. When I graduated May 2010, the so called nursing shortage had just tanked. Hospital's wouldn't even take notice of me without any experience. The solution? Find employment at a nursing home like I did. They are more apt to hire newly graduated RN's and it's a great starting point and experience. I did it for one year and toward the end of that year, I started applying for hospital positions and I finally landed one at the end of my first year. Good timing! One other VERY important piece of advice is to be VERY aggressive in your pursuit. You have a lot of competition so after you submit your resume, call HR, get a name, call again and again and again. Don't be rude, don't be pushy, but let it be known you want to work for their organization and you want to work their bad. It took me two months of aggressive, but gentle prying for me to gain an interview, but I finally landed it and was hired. I've been there a year now and love it! Good luck!


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    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 position. Part of the problem is that I moved to a new state where I have no contacts immediately after graduating (to be closer to family). I have applied to every new grad position and residency I can find but haven't gotten so much as a nibble. I have also tried other positions that don't specify experience. I spend 4-5 hours a day looking for and applying for jobs.

    I have no money in my bank account. I just got an offer from Mollen to do flu shot clinics but have heard it's almost impossible to get hours. I am so discouraged. What am I doing wrong?! Where else can I look? I am open to do just about anything. I have thought about looking into Dr. offices but I know that most don't use RN's anymore and I don't even know where to begin looking for something like that! I have tried craigslist and it's not looking good.

    Any advice? any connections you can offer?

    Sorry for the long rant.
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    Quote from fposey
    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 position. Part of the problem is that I moved to a new state where I have no contacts immediately after graduating (to be closer to family). I have applied to every new grad position and residency I can find but haven't gotten so much as a nibble. I have also tried other positions that don't specify experience. I spend 4-5 hours a day looking for and applying for jobs.

    I have no money in my bank account. I just got an offer from Mollen to do flu shot clinics but have heard it's almost impossible to get hours. I am so discouraged. What am I doing wrong?! Where else can I look? I am open to do just about anything. I have thought about looking into Dr. offices but I know that most don't use RN's anymore and I don't even know where to begin looking for something like that! I have tried craigslist and it's not looking good.

    Any advice? any connections you can offer?

    Sorry for the long rant.
    One idea you might want to try that many folks may not have thought of is the prison system. There is ALWAYS a shortage of nurses and often times your salary is very flexible. I know of nurses who started working at $60,000 or more in the higher custody level prisons. I have been working for the prison system most of my employed life as an officer and can tell you that working in them isn't exactly a picnic, BUT if it's job security and well, a job at all you want, the prison system may be a good place to at least get started. Another good thing is that if you work in the state or federal prison system, it comes with a huge window of opportunities for transfer if you ever decide to move or change jobs. Knowing that finding nursing jobs is tough right now, I myself plan to start there until I can find decent employment else where or at least get higher degrees. www.bop.gov is the website to the federal prison system (bureau of prisons). I wish you the best of luck!
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    What state are you working in? Im Rn with AS degree and BA in psychology.
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    Another place that people have not said is correctional health..... CorrectHeath is always hiring....check your local jail and if you have a prison in your area....I have worked in the county jail before and loved it...It may seem like a scary idea but it was the most educational job I ever had....It really keeps you up on your skills....just a thought...
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    I understand, I am having the same problem. Select Specialty is accepting applications for their residency program which is located in Macon, GA.
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    The county sheriff's are always looking for nurses. Also try the agencies to get experience and contacts. Then there is the traveling nurse agencies if you want an adventure. Be careful of the oil compaines, because once you are in Saudi Arabia you have to put up with the abuse by the local men and you have "NO" rights because you are a woman. There is Hawaii, Fuji, Cruise Ships. So go have an adventure if you're not tied down! Good Luck to you.
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    patekgtech- unfortunately, you need at least a year of experience for travel, agency or home health care. ms_sgr- macon isn't an option for me right now but thank you for the suggestion.


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