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    Hey there. I live on the coast and I know what you're going through. I was in the same boat when I graduated over 2 years ago. It took me over a year before I was finally able to find a job. Now that I have 1+ years of experience, I still find it difficult now that I'm looking for something new. My only advice is to hang in there and be persistent. Make yourself known to the nurse recruiters. Even if they seem a little annoyed, they'll remember your persistence (that's what a recruiter told me one time). Also, try volunteering. There are a couple of free clinics down here that would love to have an RN volunteer. That's what I ended up doing while I was looking for a job. It gives you a chance to learn skills as well as network with others (sometimes it's about who you know rather than what you know). It also shows that you were make use of your time while looking for work. Good luck to you. Feel free to PM me.

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    I too want to transition from med/surg to NICU. Would you recommend taking an NRP class to look a little more appealing?

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    After 18 months (Yes 18 long months! ) I have finally been offered a job! Got the call this afternoon for an Ortho/Neuro position. I never thought I would work on this floor but I am so thankful for it! It feels so surreal right now. To all the the new and "old" grads out there who are still looking for a job....don't give up. I know how hard and frustrating it is right now...but keep trying. Something will eventually come.

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    I have been searching for a job for 9 months now and STILL nothing! I don't have any kids but I do have bills (especially from school). I have tried everywhere...hospitals both in and out of state, internships, nurse tech positions, doctors' offices, nursing homes etc. I don't even know how many applications/resumes I've put in any anymore, it's been so many. It's so depressing and discouraging not being able to find work, especially when I have people constantly asking me why I don't have a job yet and telling they don't understand why I'm not working when there's a "huge nursing shortage". When I try to explain my situation, they look at me in utter disbelief as if I'm making it all up. I've been volunteering several times a week as an RN at a free clinic for several months now, and while I'm learning a lot of different things and doing a good deed...it doesn't pay the bills. The doctors there are even willing to give me a recommendation but there just aren't any jobs out there. I've even had people tell me that I'm wasting my time by volunteering because it probably won't help any:angryfire. I just feel so discouraged. Sometimes it makes me wonder if busting my butt in school was worth it. I'm still trying to keep hope though....praying that a job will come along one day.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

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    Thanks for the info. I talked to a hospitalist who works at Memorial recently and he told me that pt. count is down right now so the jobs are very few. I had no idea HR was that bad there. I've applied for several positions at Memorial since January and everytime I called or went down there to do a follow up they always said my application had either been rejected (due to no experience) or the managers already had their applicants picked out for an interview. Now you have me thinking....did they ever get my application in the first place? I'll definitely keep what you said in mind. Thanks.

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    JourneyRN and Bre14 like this.

    well said e non imus,rn and so very true. i've been a nurse for 7 months now and still no permanent work. it gets very frustrating and depressing at times. i too get the "come and move to xx place because they're hiring" or "i don't understand why you're not working when there's such a big nursing shortage" speech. i know people mean well, but it makes you want to scream! like another poster said, try volunteering. i'm currrently volunteering at a clinic and though i'm not getting paid, i am gaining skills...and praying that someone, somewhere will see this on my resume and want to hire me. keep your head up and good luck.

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    I have a friend that graduated from WC about 4 years ago, but she took her prereqs at JD though. She said she enjoyed it and they really made an effort to work with her when she had her daughter prematurely in the middle of the semester. From talking to her it seemed like they had better clinical opportunities than we had at USM. I've heard both good and bad things about WC nursing school, but I guess every school has it's quirks. Good luck to you.

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    Is this a good hospital to work at, especially for a not-so-new grad (don't have much experience)? I'm thinking about applying for a job there (I live in MS) and was just wondering about orientation, pay, staff etc.? Any info would be great. Thanks.

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    Quote from doomsayer
    Not a nurse yet, working on it- that being said, I would offer the point of view that I would take all that is posted with a grain of salt. Who knows what myriad variables amount to someone not getting a job. Perhaps the market is tough- who knows. I know in my own job searches, I have seen all manner of med field jobs- that's all I see! Look at Better Gulf Coast Jobs.com, or better yet, careerbuilder- look at MS- just in Jackson alone there are numerous jobs. They would obviously limit the new grad hires, but....I'm just saying that the jobs exist. Google search "high demand nurse". And don't buy into end time theories that you can't risk looking for another job. Sheesh.
    The problem is not the amount of job openings available, because there are plenty of openings here on the coast but its a matter of are they willing to hire and train new grads. From my experience and several others the answer right now is NO. I'm sure in the Jackson area the job market is more favorable for new grads, but in this area it's not. The only position I've been able to find besides volunteering is a temporary job giving out flu shots. Hopefully this will give me the experience I need to get my foot in the door somewhere permanently.

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    Quote from Benaffleck
    I'm in the ADN program and when I graduate in 2011...do you think it'll be hard for me to get a job. Are they looking more for BSN degrees?
    Hopefully the job market will have picked up for new graduates by then. I started looking in Mobile for a job, but when I went over there they told me that they were slowly beginning to come off of their hiring freezes, so I just had to wait and see. Right now I'm volunteering at a free clinic in my area. I'm working with another new grad who is also having a hard time finding a job. Hopefully it will give me enough experience to get my foot in the door for an actual job.

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    i'm a (not so new) grad rn. i graduated back in december and have been looking for work ever since. i have applied everywhere...hospitals, clinics, dr.'s office, you name it.....and have still found nothing! i've put in about 60-70 applications so far and have only had 2 interviews! it's very frustrating because the only thing i keep hearing is i need experience. i've even applied for lpn and tech positions and still can't get anything. i also applied for an rn internship and got rejected from that too. nurse recruiters at the hospital know me by name now, because i call them so much (and lately they seem to be annoyed to hear my voice...lol :-/) one recruiter told me i should try in one of the neighboring states, work 6 months to get experience and then try at one of the local hospitals here. i'm just so tired of looking, applying, being rejected, and then having to explain to people why i still don't have a job. i just received my license in the neighboring state and will be applying there soon. it would be an hour long commute but at this point, i'm willing to do anything.

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    exnavygirl-RN and dRN1 like this.

    Thanks for the info dRN1 and there's no need to be rude ct1989, she was just asking. I also sent you a PM dRN1

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    I live on the MS Gulf Coast

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    Can definitely relate. I just found out from a former classmate that one of our old instructors told her that none of the local hospitals will be hiring new grads for the next 6 months! Wow, I don't know exactly how true that is, but this particular instructor is pretty chummy with the nurse recruiters here. It looks like I'm really going to have to start looking out of state and commute, because I can't afford to move.

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    Quote from ET04
    Heck yea!!! I applied to almost all the hospitals as the medical center. Plus 4 hospitals further out. I also submitted my resume online to monsterjobs.com and other such sites. So far I've only gotten one phone call to be interviewd. But that went in a dead end. I also graduated on Dec 2008. It's frusrating that I don't have a job since then.

    Glad to see that I am not alone! I just got my REJECTION letter from the RN internship last week, so I'm back on the grind again. I swear with all these applications I've put in someone should recognize my name by now. Good luck with your search! By the way, what area do you live in?


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