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  • Nov 15 '12

    I love nursing, I really do, but honestly if I knew the job prospects were like this, I would have chosen another major.

  • Nov 15 '12

    Of course not, job prospects are great, has said no new grad since 2009.

  • Nov 15 '12

    I wish they would put you on the news so people would really know the reality.....

  • Nov 15 '12

    It's good to have an outlet you can spill your feelings about finding a job and struggling being unemployed.

    Got my CA RN license in Jan2011 and trying to land a RN job anywhere. Passed hundreds of applications online which seems like sending to a blackhole (then I learned that most employers are only considering applicants that are referred and just ignore those who aren't). Applied to diff. RN Residencies in diff. states and the competition is really crazy (ex. only <50 available RN positions & 1000+ applicants) and some programs prefer those who graduated recently (which I think is a rubbish idea, talk about equal opportunity). Moreover, it's whom you know.

    I graduated last yr, I'm staling, I don't fit as a "new grad" anymore, very expensive RN refresher courses which doesn't guarantee an employment and I don't know where would I get money for that. I used to be this guy who's full of hopes, goal-oriented, productive & motivated, now I'm depressed, frustrated, stressed and broke.

    That's my story, what's yours?

  • Aug 19 '12

    You are not the only one that is an (old) or (newer) new grad that cannot find work. I graduated early last year and still haven't managed to land an interview. It's a very difficult market out there right now. In my area, LTC don't want new grads (they even put that in their job postings!) It can be very, very discouraging.

    But keep your head up! Something will come; it is just slow in coming.

    There are some schools that offer refresher courses. That way you can keep your skills up. And volunteer. Volunteering shows you are doing something (as opposed to job hunting all day, which is practically a full-time job). Keep your certs up to date. And don't forget CEUs too!

    How I keep sane (and not so discouraged) is to keep the job hunting to a few hours, say early morning or late evening. And then, I go out and enjoy life. Job hunting all day long can be very draining, and very discouraging after a while, in my opinion.

    Good luck!

  • Aug 19 '12

    I volunteer at a free clinic at the mosque that serves indigent and uninsured people. I adore it and really feel like I've made a difference. I don't think it's helped me find a job, but it has helped me to keep my skills up and network while unemployed, plus helped keep my self-esteem up and keep me out of full-on depression. I've always wanted to give back to my community. I wish I could do more but finances are not such that I can donate anything other than my time and talents.

  • Aug 19 '12

    I volunteer in my local clinic!! It's great for networking and showing that you are passionate about nursing. Good luck!

  • Aug 19 '12

    You can use former employment and yes it CAN apply to nursing. Were you a customer service agent? Those skills are difficult to learn. Did you work in a high paced retail environment? Teach others? Did you work for the same company for 4, 5, 10 years? This shows commitment, reliability and loyalty. Did your responsibilities increase? Did you precept others? You can also offer relevant details regarding your volunteer experience as applicable.

    Clinial experience is not relevant as it is required for all graduates, unless you had a unique rotation, capstone, or something specific to the facility where you are applying.

    Objectives are obsolete, they know the reason you are applying is because you want a job. References are not listed on resumes, that is a separate form filled out when the pre-hiring process begins. You need to sign releases for your references. If you have letters of reference or recommendation (generic or specific) then include them in your application packet. Does the employment assistance 'guy' work with a general population (anyone looking for work)? Do you have a career services office at school?

    Your cover letter will relate your non-nursing work experience to your new career as a nurse (as stated above)

    In my opinion it looks odd with your clinical experiences listed then a bullet list of statements. My experience with such statements is listed in parentheses:

    • Provided direct patient care (I would hope so)
    • Accurately dispensed medications (again this is a given and thus redundant. Would you admit to making 10 dosing errors)
    • Correctly administered IV fluids (again this is a given and thus redundant. Would you admit to incorrectly administering IV fluids? Perhaps if you administered medication as per physician orders orally, topically, inhalation, intravenously, via GT, nebulized, etc.)
    • Facilitated pain management (Really? This doesn't make sense..perhaps used standard assessment tools to ensure patients received adequate relief from acute and chronic pain)
    • Performed sterile procedures (which ones? Utilized sterile technique to perform invasive and non-invasive nursing procedures including insertion of foley catheter, wound care, surgical dressing changes, initiation of intravenous therapy, etc.)
    • Analyzed laboratory results (Usually the medical technologist analyze lab results, MD's & advance practice professionals analyze and develop patient treatment regimes)
    • Collaborated with professional team (be specific. Collaborated with multidisciplinary team including physicians, residents, staff nurses, occupational, speech, and physical therapy, case management and pharmacist to ensure patient needs are met and successful discharge plan development)
    • Documented patient care notes (again, expected. Did you use a specific charting method or EMR such as EPIC?)
    • Maintained sensitive records (How? This is expected of all healthcare workers. Were you responsible for HIV or STD results?)
    • Acted with empathy (How?)

    Then again I had classmates who had trouble getting jobs when their resumes listed their clinical nursing skills and included "people person, empathetic, good listener, desire to help others" rather than being specific in their experiences (participated in mufti-disciplinary discharge planning team that facilitated successful discharge home in collaboration with patient and family to reduce readmission for same condition), etc.

    Did you have any unique clinical experiences (such as shadowed the wound care team and assisted in treatments over a 4 week period including wound vacuums, complex wound care, specialized dressing use, etc.)? Were you involved in any other school organizations? Were you a member your whole nursing school career (i.e. Member School Student Nurse Organization, 2010-2012 served as vice president 2011-2012)
    Do you belong to any social or professional organizations? Such as local service organizations? state nursing association? student nurse association? national nursing organization? Since you emphasized holistic nursing, have you joined the American holistic nursing association?

  • Aug 19 '12

    So we shouldn't include clinical rotation experience? And shouldn't include previous non nursing experience? Then my resume will be blank.

  • Aug 17 '12

    My suggestion is to keep it brief and to the point. I had submitted a resume to a couple hospitals here in NY and received negative feedback from them in regards to the clinical experience from school that I listed. They didn't find that information necessary. If it were me, I would take that out. Also, list the dates of your certifications (BLS,license....).

    One nurse recruiter told me that the easier a resume is to read, and the more concise it is, the more willing a nurse manager will be to look at it...(which makes sense if they have to shuffle through a lot of them!)

    Good luck!!

  • Aug 17 '12

    the objective is the same as mine, word-for-word, therefore inherently awesome.

  • Aug 17 '12

    This is strictly from my experience and in no way reflects what I actually think ....

    A few hospitals didn't like when I added my clinical sites/dates. One nurse recruiter put it bluntly: "You obviously did clinical rotations that were required by NYS education dept. I don't really care about that information!"
    She basically had me revise my resume before passing it on to a NM. This was at a pretty large level one trauma center hospital in Rochester.

    but hey, maybe your experience will be different
    Everything else looks great!

    Good luck!!