So like many of you on here I am a new graduate seeking that ever so hard to get 1st job!! But if I hear the You need one year of experience line again I just might lose my mind!! LOL I mean one guy from an agency even sympathized with me saying he feels bad because he knows how hard it is but told me that alot of home health agencies have to obtain nurses with one year minimum experience in order to comply with guidelines to run the agency. So state regulations are even making it Hard for new grads to get jobs. If everyone requires one year how do they expect new nurses to get that year? This is job hunt has been more stressful than nursing school.. I guess it goes without saying that its not what you know but who you know because unless you know someone in healthcare that can get you in or have some sort of connection its gonna be a lonnnnnnnnggg road to finding that 1st chance. My advice to all my fellow new grads is keep your heads up and never give up email call and even walk into places exhibiting confidence and you will get something!!!! Im not giving up till I land that job willing to take a chance on me!!
Signed a Frustrated New Grad
Aug 29, '12
It is almost 20 years ago when I just passed my nclex and heard this from every facility and office. I went to a registry and they said they would train and hire me. So you might want to try a registry service for starts. I interviewed for a school nurse position at the same time (I had a BSN, PHN when I graduated but no experience - change of careers) and they said they were concerned about me not having any experience. I then said "someone hired you and a gave you a chance when you started and since there was a probationary period that they had the option to let me go if I do not fit their needs." Well they reluctantly took the chance and I have been here for 16 years. Don't give up, keep applying and do it in person when possible along with the online apps. Sometimes they need to see you. Network your nurse friends, teachers from school, this site. Hang in there someone needs you!!!
Last edit by plumiegirl on Aug 29, '12
: Reason: spelling errors mine