New grad training programs

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    I am a nursing student in Florida and want to move back home to Mass upon graduation. I am interested in new grad training programs but I am not sure how to search for hospitals that offer new grad training programs. I am also concerned about job hunting. I will be graduating in May 2009 with an associates degree in nursing and I'm finding many hospitals require a BSN to work?? Any thoughts, ideas, information??

    Thanks for any information.:wink2:
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    Almost all hospitals have a new grad training program where you have a 2-3 months of training. It is true that most Boston hospitals do require new grads to have a BSN, but hospitals outside of Boston do hire ADN new grads. You may have read the many posts in this MA forum about how tough the job market is here for new graduates. Some people have posted recently that they graduated in May and still don't have a job, or even graduated last year and had to take jobs outside of the hospital setting (rehabs, nursing homes, clinics).

    It might be a good idea to start applying early to hospitals in both FL and MA to keep both options open. With the current new grad job situation as tough as it is in this area right now, it might be better to work in FL and get some experience, then move here after a year or two when you can apply as an experienced nurse.

    Another thought, the job market for new grads doesn't seem as bad in bordering states like NH, RI, and CT. A job in those areas could be an option if your home in MA is a close enough drive to those states.

    On another note, good luck in your last semester!
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    Thank you for your advice. My cousin graduated up there in may and still doesn't have a job yet either, however, I equated it to her being picky on scheduling, not the market.
    Anyways, thanks again. I will look into both Florida and Ma as well as NH, RI.
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    The market is very tight up here. I graduated in May and still do not have a job either, and I'm NOT picky and happy to work any and all hours on any schedule! I've talked to every hospital in a 1.5 hour driving distance including NH and RI....things are really bad up here from a recent grad perspective.
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    Did you graduate from and ADN or BSN? Just curious to see if it is ADNs having more of a difficult time compared to BSN grads? I am starting to think I might be better finding a position down here, although, I'm in the OB/Ped rotation and about 9 RNs (my OB instructor included) were laid off from the OB unit. So I'm wondering if new gradss all over the country are having a difficult time getting a position. Sorry, just ranting now...
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    I graduated in May with my BSN and still don't have a job. I wouldn't want to even think about trying to get a job with an ADN. Most openings that I have seen (>95%) say BSN required.

    I know that makes things harder, but I thought I would let you know what it is that I have been seeing posted for requirements so you are not surprised.
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    Quote from NonstopLearning
    Did you graduate from and ADN or BSN? Just curious to see if it is ADNs having more of a difficult time compared to BSN grads? I am starting to think I might be better finding a position down here, although, I'm in the OB/Ped rotation and about 9 RNs (my OB instructor included) were laid off from the OB unit. So I'm wondering if new gradss all over the country are having a difficult time getting a position. Sorry, just ranting now...
    BSN Magna Cum Laude and 3 years of tech experience. It really sucks....
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    I (luckily) found a job in Boston w/an ADN in Nursing. Graduated in May, started my search in January and began in September. It is not my ideal floor (Geri-Psych) but its a starting point/foot in the door.

    I just talked to my friend who graduated with me. She was accepted into a New Grad internship at a hospital back in August. That hospital is now entering a "hiring freeze" and although she will have completed the New Grad training in a few weeks, they are not able to offer her a position!! As well as all the other RN's who went through the training! How awful is that??? I would def. suggest sticking it out down in FL for a year to get experience. It is very hard to come up around these parts. I've noticed most ADN's who got positions at good hospitals worked there as CNA's/Tech's previously and they were hired as "Internal Applicants." Boston hospitals can afford to be picky with so many schools in the area.
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    Me too. I graduated in August with my BSN and moved to Massachusetts for my husband's job, only to find it just about impossible to get an interview- even at in rehab, LTC and clinics. After 100+ applications I got just one interview and haven't heard anything...fingers crossed. (I thought 7 years of CNA experience in an acute care hospital would give me a leg up, but so far that hasn't been the case)
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    So I'm wondering if new gradss all over the country are having a difficult time getting a position.
    It really does seem to vary ALOT from state to state. I moved from Mass to NC in order to get Med/surg experience. I, like many others, applied to several facilities in Mass with not so much as an interview offer. When I applied out of state, I got called back almost immediately. NC (particularly eastern) is hungry for new grads, and will pay to move ya and give you a sign-on bonus. I also got called back from Johns-Hopkins and a couple hospitals in Reno. Soooo...it's def not a national thing.
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