how to work in Massachussetts - page 3

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Hi I'm a RN from MAryland,,do you know what I have to do to be able to work in Massachussetts.how is the job market out there for new grads?? I feel so discouraged not being able to find the job in the hospital..thanks... Read More


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    As a boston based nurse with 6 years of experience. I am underemployed myself and have been looking for work in California and colorado. I would not recomed anyone to move here, the job market is tight. There are a lot of nursing schools here putting out new grads. The competition is tough. New grads who work as CNA's at the hospital I work at tell me they have submitted 100's of applications and I have talked to two women who graduated in 2008 and just found there first RN jobs. Good luck on your search. Have you tried the VA web site, they hire new grad, you have to be able to move though.
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    Quote from michael22
    As a boston based nurse with 6 years of experience. I am underemployed myself and have been looking for work in California and colorado. I would not recomed anyone to move here, the job market is tight. There are a lot of nursing schools here putting out new grads. The competition is tough. New grads who work as CNA's at the hospital I work at tell me they have submitted 100's of applications and I have talked to two women who graduated in 2008 and just found there first RN jobs. Good luck on your search. Have you tried the VA web site, they hire new grad, you have to be able to move though.
    You are so lucky you can move. Agencies won't hire me because I haven't been working in a hospital for 2 years. I am not even a New Grad. Any places that you know of that do relocation that isn't an agency would be awesome. Message me.
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    Dance4life, check out Texas based hospitals. They are a state that still has a nursing shortage for the most part, and hospitals there often assist with relocation.
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    Quote from RN4WeeOnes
    Dance4life, check out Texas based hospitals. They are a state that still has a nursing shortage for the most part, and hospitals there often assist with relocation.
    Thanks will do.
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    I would not be so discouraged folks. I was a new grad relocating from San Francisco to Boston w/ 0 exp. But I managed to get a couple of perdiem jobs to hire me based on great references from my professors/ clinical instructors from nursing school. I also have a knack for interviews! My nursing school GPA was quite average at about a 3.0. I did not have perfect grades. You must believe in yourself! Have confidence! With no experience, I was hired and got paid $40/ hr per diem at a Boston hospital. It's tough. But doable. I had about 2 interviews/ month. After 3-4 mos of job searching, I got hired to do a couple per diem RN jobs.

    Then later on, after working perdiem for 6-7 mos, I got hired somewhere else full-time(also in Boston) b/c they loved my perdiem exp. So try to get a per diem job anywhere to gain some experience. (I know everyone on this forum has had a hard time finding a job as a new grad. But it is possible! (I relocated here and got my first per diem job after only 3-4mos of searching. Also they paid quite generously at $40/hr. Also my other per diem job in home health pd $30-60/hr). So don't give up! I relocated here and found the job search jungle to be WAY easier than what other folks had been describing on other posts! Perhaps the hiring freeze is thawing at long last! Good luck. You guys will all be rock star nurses someday!
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    Quote from nurse invictus
    I would not be so discouraged folks. I was a new grad relocating from San Francisco to Boston w/ 0 exp. But I managed to get a couple of perdiem jobs to hire me based on great references from my professors/ clinical instructors from nursing school. I also have a knack for interviews! My nursing school GPA was quite average at about a 3.0. I did not have perfect grades. You must believe in yourself! Have confidence! With no experience, I was hired and got paid $40/ hr per diem at a Boston hospital. It's tough. But doable. I had about 2 interviews/ month. After 3-4 mos of job searching, I got hired to do a couple per diem RN jobs.

    Then later on, after working perdiem for 6-7 mos, I got hired somewhere else full-time(also in Boston) b/c they loved my perdiem exp. So try to get a per diem job anywhere to gain some experience. (I know everyone on this forum has had a hard time finding a job as a new grad. But it is possible! (I relocated here and got my first per diem job after only 3-4mos of searching. Also they paid quite generously at $40/hr. Also my other per diem job in home health pd $30-60/hr). So don't give up! I relocated here and found the job search jungle to be WAY easier than what other folks had been describing on other posts! Perhaps the hiring freeze is thawing at long last! Good luck. You guys will all be rock star nurses someday!
    That is awesome advice. =)
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    Ironically, a few months ago I was I hired full time at a place where I had interviewed before when I first got to Boston and DON said no back then b/c my colleagues all had 5-7 yrs exp. and I needed my exp to measure up to theirs.

    Also that first interview was a horrible interview for me ! Yikes! I froze when she asked me about participating in a code before. It's amazing how 6 mos-7 mos more exp makes. The second time that I had re- applied to this job, I was WAY more confident b/c I had exp w/ acute pt's decompensating severely to draw upon. So although I've never been apart of an actual code in my last 6 mos., I had certainly grown a pair of "cahones" and felt confident to jump in and do CPR and whatever it takes to stabilize my pt. So, my interview w/ the DON went really well the second time. She said that she was really impressed and hired me a couple weeks later.

    Again I reiterate! Do not give up! Even if it requires reapplying again later, they will hire you! (My brother asked me what gave me the courage to reapply to a job that I didn't get before, and I realized that everyone, even DONs have to start somewhere. It just takes one person to believe in your potential. That first person is you. You need to be confident in your skill set and exp and just let that shine in the interview.)

    Just me confident in your skills and be proud to be a nurse! Have patience and persevere !
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