New Grad RN is a 4-Letter Word - page 2

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Is there ANYONE in the state of MA who will hire a new grad? It's so disheartening to look at hundreds of RN job postings each day and see the comment, "this job not available to new grads." I spend every day scouring the... Read More


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    I graduated last year (2008) with BSN. Through out my nursing degree, I remember the Professors telling us of the nursing shortage and the high demand for baccalaureate nurses. This was not the case with me...no one demanded me... After making thousands of applications to hospitals and Rehabs in MA with no success. I ended up taking a job in a nursing home otherwise I was going to be jobless. Here I am working in a nursing home, not growing in skills and experience and as the days go by I beginning to understand that this nursing home experience actually works against me. On a daily basis, I browse numerous web pages, craigslist, newspapers and magazine and make numerous applications. The reply I get is either "YOU QUALIFICATIONS DOES NOT MATCH WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR... OR , YOU MUST HAVE ONE YEAR MEDSURG EXPERIENCE IN A HOSPITAL SETTING.." My question is, where are these hospitals in MA willing to give me an opportunity so I can grow in my nursing career? I feel stuck, frustrated, disappointed....I am seeing my nursing dream go down the drain...Sometime I ask my self,..were not all the nurses one time new graduates with no experience and someone gave them a chance? Who will give me a chance? Where is my chance, my opportunity? I feel like i am dying a slow death....and its painful!
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    Quote from sallynRN
    Hopefully by the time you finish school things will have turned around - you never know. If you have the time and the finances to earn a degree now, do it NOW! I was 40 when I started college, and I just graduated w/ an Associate's in May. I plan on continuing my education through a RN to BSN online program, and eventually I hope to earn a Master's degree (before I'm ready to retire - LOL!).

    I'm happy to say that "New Grad" is now a 5-Letter word, "HIRED!" I got a full-time job as a telephone triage nurse. It's not your traditional bedside nursing job, but that's just fine by me. I won't have to deal with all of the physical demands of bedside nursing and I'll have a fairly normal Mon-Fri/9-5 type schedule - even better!
    HI May I ask where it is you do the telephone triage nursing? I would love to get something similar and if it is a national company maybe they have offices here. (Maryland) Thanks
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    HI May I ask where it is you do the telephone triage nursing? I would love to get something similar and if it is a national company maybe they have offices here. (Maryland) Thanks
    Hello kittykatty: I'm in MA, and it's a private group practice - not national. Try the "Telephone Triage" section under the "Specialty" tab for info about national companies, etc. Good luck!
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    Yes, I agree. I too have thought twice about going on to get my BSN from UMass online. I still don't have a job and have actually started looking out of state and it is like this in alot of other states as well. VERY disheartening. Loans are coming due now and I am not so sure I want to get into any more debt either. Too scary. I am so desperate I checked out IHS Indian Health Services which is out of state and I would have to leave my kids!!. But I feel like I may have to do whatever it takes to survive and provide for my family. Us new grads are all in the same boat!! let's hope it turns around soon. They need us and we want to be NURSES!!
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    Quote from sallynRN
    Is there ANYONE in the state of MA who will hire a new grad? It's so disheartening to look at hundreds of RN job postings each day and see the comment, "this job not available to new grads." I spend every day scouring the internet, including web sites for hospitals, LTCs, Rehab centers, etc. only to be disappointed because there is nothing out there for a new grad like me w/ no experience. I REALLY want to go into LTC, but at this point I am starting to think I'll have to take whatever I can get, IF I can get something. I almost wish I were still in school so I would at least be practicing some kind of nursing!

    I know I'm not alone, and the current economy has a lot to do with the situation, but I just wanted to whine a bit!

    Has anyone had any luck getting a job right out of school? If so, where and how?
    i know at least five friends who got jobs as RN at mass general. one at st. elizabeths, 2 at brigham and women's, one at mcclean hospital, others have moved to ohio, maine, ct. you can try applying to these boston hospitals. good luck
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    I would start by looking at the hospitals where you did your student nursing. More specifically, the floors where you worked. They know how competent you are and if one or two of the nurses remember you, they may be able to convince the hiring manager that you (hopefully) know your stuff and should wave the "experienced nurses only" requirement. If you had a chance to meet the nursing manager, even better.

    Along a similar, path I would try reaching out to alumni of your program. Although they may not know you personally, they may be able to offer you tips on how to navigate the system. If they do good work, the nursing manager may be more flexible on the experience requirement when hiring new grads from the same program.

    Just some thoughts...
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    This thread is lind of old but my question is did you ever find the hospital job you were looking for?? I am going through the same problem now. Any tips for success?


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