Problem getting a job in hospital as a new grad?

  1. 0 My niece is graduating in 20 days as a RN she is told that it is almost impossible to get a job in a hospital as a new grad, is this the norm? She really need to work so she says she will go to ltc even though it is not her preference. I am asking for her as well as me because I am taking pre-reqs to enter nursing school and I scared to death I wont be able to find work. thanks for your imput.
  2. Visit  cathleenmermaid47 profile page

    About cathleenmermaid47

    From 'maine'; Joined Apr '07; Posts: 2.

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  3. Visit  Imissthefall profile page
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    Quote from cathleenmermaid47
    My niece is graduating in 20 days as a RN she is told that it is almost impossible to get a job in a hospital as a new grad, is this the norm? She really need to work so she says she will go to ltc even though it is not her preference. I am asking for her as well as me because I am taking pre-reqs to enter nursing school and I scared to death I wont be able to find work. thanks for your imput.
    Hello..I am not a nurse yet but live in Maine and have also heard it's hard up here to get work, but don't know for sure. All she can do is try and apply at every hospital. Has she thought of moving out state for a few years to get experience and then she could move back and probably get a job with some exp? I know it would be a huge climate/culture change but Arizona is desperatly in need of nurses in the Phoenix and Yuma areas. Just a thought. Otherwise maybe she could post her resume on monster.com or something like that?
    Best of luck!
    Last edit by Imissthefall on Apr 30, '07 : Reason: added
  4. Visit  RENAISSANCE RN profile page
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    I heard that in maine the shortage is severe. I know in Massachusetts it is tough. Tell her to contact recruiters.
  5. Visit  cathleenmermaid47 profile page
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    Thank you so much for your input. unfortunetly she has 4 sons and is single so moving is not an option but I never thought of recruiters. Thanks again this websiste rocks.
  6. Visit  palesarah profile page
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    Quote from Imissthefall
    Hello..I am not a nurse yet but live in Maine and have also heard it's hard up here to get work, but don't know for sure. All she can do is try and apply at every hospital. Has she thought of moving out state for a few years to get experience and then she could move back and probably get a job with some exp? I know it would be a huge climate/culture change but Arizona is desperatly in need of nurses in the Phoenix and Yuma areas. Just a thought. Otherwise maybe she could post her resume on monster.com or something like that?
    Best of luck!
    I live in NH/work in Maine and have heard from several of my coworkers who graduated in the past few years, how tight the job market is for new grad RNs in Maine. Too many new grads and not enough new grad positions. I had no idea, I went to school in NH and there were plenty of new grad positions in hospitals when I graduated. One of my coworkers moved to Chicago for a year as a new grad, moved back and got a job as an experienced RN without a problem.
  7. Visit  palesarah profile page
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    Quote from cathleenmermaid47
    Thank you so much for your input. unfortunetly she has 4 sons and is single so moving is not an option but I never thought of recruiters. Thanks again this websiste rocks.
    If moving is not an option, what about commuting? Not sure where in Maine she lives but if commuting to NH or Mass is an option, she should check it out.
  8. Visit  Freedom42 profile page
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    In Maine, college officials say students with bachelor's degrees in nursing and accounting are in demand.

    Diana Crowell, chairwoman of the nursing program at the University of New England's Portland campus, said 60 students will graduate from the program this year. Almost everyone who has looked for a job has found one, even though they have not yet passed their nursing board examinations, she said. Nurses' starting pay in Maine is about $40,000 a year.

    Red-hot market awaits '07 class
  9. Visit  melsanshe profile page
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    I live in western ME and had a job waiting for me before I graduated and passed the boards which was great! contact your local hospital and start working as a LNA or CNA... it helps get your foot in the door!
  10. Visit  morgorm profile page
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    As a nursing teacher in Maine for many years I have to say that the problem is not getting a hospital job....it's getting a hospital job you want to take. If you are willing to work nights or 3-11 or on a fast paced or heavy duty floor to get your feet wet and learn .....you won't have a problem. If a student is expecting to graduate and work 7-3 , full time on the floor they choose.....yup....it's going to be a problem.
  11. Visit  RNshark profile page
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    Hi~ i just graduated in August, and was lucky to get a job in portland...but it was tough. I applied to MANY, MANY jobs, and all the hospitals in the area... if you are flexible, and put your resume out there, hopefully it won't be too bad as a new grad. good luck!!
  12. Visit  mikejsmithrn profile page
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    Very interesting. Hmmm. Am I naive? I live in maine. I am an RN ASN senior student. In my first year at CMCC, I had the option of graduating as a LPN, then re-entering the school to finish the RN program to finish the degree. I did that and tried to find a job. What a joke. It was HARD to find a job. One place that actually offered me a LPN job was just so desperate. They were very desperate to hire any warm body (as long as they were legal). I turned them down for a camp nurse job who as it turned out only needed me for 4 days (they told me all summer, but let me go when the hard times were over). So I beat the street again and applied everywhere, but got nothing. They wanted 1 year experience or there were so many other applicants...so on and so on. Is this what I will experience in the spring when I graduate? For real? I didn't think that I would. I thought that LPN's were just outa luck because the trend in nursing is that LPNs don't have the acuity experience. Will this be the climate when I graduate as a RN? Ugh. Maybe I will move. :-( I just love it here, so I will be sad to leave.
  13. Visit  jam2007 profile page
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    Ok, now I'm really discouraged! I live in MA and am finding it impossible to find a job. I was considering relocating to ME (I vacation in OOB in the summer and enjoy ME). No one ever told us it would be a problem getting a job:uhoh21:
  14. Visit  miss_anneRN profile page
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    suggestion.... try smaller hospitals. i graduated in 2001 and was hired at my one & only interview. my goal was to get in a place close to home...not somewhere with drama & action. this facility hires lots of EIP's (entry into practice rn's). i have gained a broad scope of practice on this medsurg unit ranging from babies to old ladies and everything in between. i work on a 22 bed m/s unit on midcoast maine. i work 7p-7a. we have 4 rn's and 2 cna's all shift. more staff on days.


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