New Grad= NO JOB!

  1. I need to vent my frustration a little bit and see if anyone has any advice for me. I graduated from Ivy Tech back in December and am working on my BSN at IUPUI, with the expectation of graduating in August 2012. I have applied to OVER 100 jobs since passing boards in January with NOTHING!!! I don't understand what the deal is. It has been 6 months since I graduated and I had expected to find something by now. I can't even get a call. I am so frustrated hearing that everyone is getting a job or already has a job because they were lucky enough to know someone in a hospital that was able to "get them in". I am not fortunate enough to know anyone in a hospital that could help me out. Another thing that I am so frustrated about is the fact that through the entire time at school, I helped out EVERYONE with as much as I could, never asking for anything in return, it was just what I did. I spent a good 6-10 hours on the study guides alone each week that I made and gave them to everyone just to help out. Thats just who I am. Now, I have asked a few people that I went to school with to see if they could help me possibly get a job, or just put a good word in for me but apparently people don't return kindness. Anyway, I am just looking for some advise, words of encouragement, something to help me through this because I feel like I am about to go crazy. I NEVER imagined that it would be this difficult to find a job. Oh, and for the whole "nursing shortage" that is constantly being advertised....what a joke!
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  3. by   turnforthenurse
    I'm sorry that you are having a difficult time finding a job. It can be frustrating, especially for a new grad.

    Perhaps your resume needs something else. I only ended up getting 2 calls and I applied to a lot of jobs (I took the offer on the second job) but when I didn't get calls until after I revised my resume. You really need to highlight your skills and what you can bring to the organization that you are applying to.

    And don't just limit yourself to a hospital, either. I know no one really wants to do LTC, but you could always try that, or rehab centers. There is also the VA, and I hear they pay great and have great benefits.

    You could also do volunteer work while you wait - either with the Red Cross or with a free community clinic. You have an RN license, so why not use it? Chances are you can network at those places though. Free clinics that rely solely on volunteers include other nurses as well as physicians. Working with those people may land you a job in a hospital, because sometimes it helps just knowing someone in the system. Even though you won't get paid, you can work on your skills during that time and it also looks great on a resume.

    Best of luck to you!
  4. by   spicy1
    I agree with MelosaurRN, when I graduated in may of 2009 I moved out of state and the hospitals already hired locals. I found an ad in the newspaper for a LTC facility in a town 30 miles away. Nobody wanted to drive there, and they were advertising for a LPN and I asked if they would consider a new grad RN. They jumped at it and I was able to get some exp before going to the hospital. Check out the areas where others may not want to go. Also check LPN job listings and ask if they will take an RN. good luck, it will get better
  5. by   BoredAlreadyRN10
    Indiana HB 1412
    Establishes nursing to resident ratios in long term healthcare facilities by shift. Reflects all direct care staff; one distinction – one RN for every 40 residents.

    ...And that RN can be the DON. Bullish! That's why you can't find anything.

    Corporate greed, bad economy forcing retired or retirement age nurses back on the floor. Just a mess.

    I agree with the ladies, at least volunteer. That can act as a networking tool for you, and someone might have some pull and get you in. Ya never know...
  6. by   Nurse Ratched 01
    Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. I drank the kool-aid and got my MSN. I believed their lies about all the great opportunities and available positions. What a crock of s___.

    New NP graduates are finding that lack of experience is a huge barrier. Employers and physicians prefer experienced NP. I just keep looking and try to stay positive. I applied for an RN position to survive in the meantime. Even this is becoming a challenge.

    People look at me like I'm psychotic when I tell them nurses and nurse practitioners are having a hard time finding a job in this area. I want my money back!
  7. by   patrick1rn
    did you find a job yet ? Send me an email I know a place that is hiring RNs... in Indianapolis anyway
  8. by   lisa0615
    @PatrickRN..can you email me the info for who is hiring new RN's..