Do Las Vegas hospitals hire new grads?

  1. I was under the impression that Las Vegas hospitals hire new grads. However, I'm wondering if this is the case.

    I graduate in December and will have my NV license by the end of February. I've called all the hospitals in the Las Vegas area and advised them of this fact. Of all the hospitals, only two called me back and said they would consider an interview. :uhoh21: One hospital even stated that if I came out in December to interview, they would set up a visit with a nursing supervisor. I sent in my resume and completed the online application. A good travel deal came up, and I called the hospital back to confirm that I would be able to have an interview time during the week for which the travel deal was good. I was told to go ahead and book my tickets, so I did.

    As of today, I got a phone message stating that until I have a license, I won't be able to get an interview after all. I was perfectly up-front over the phone and in my cover letter about not having a license yet and thought that we all understood each other. I'm hoping that tomorrow things will be ironed out and I'll be back on track to interview, but at the present moment, I am sitting at my computer believing that it's all hopeless AND that I've wasted my family vacation money on tickets to Vegas the week before Christmas.

    So . . . does anyone in LV hire new grads? Or does every place refuse to offer you a position without your having a NV license in your hands? In the area I'm at now, I can be hired for a job without even having a temporary license. My ability to begin work, of course, is contingent upon my passing the NCLEX and receiving a license. I had assumed (erroneously, I'm gathering) that it is this way in other areas.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Most places want you to have NCLEX completed before they will offer a job, especially in another state. You will have much better results once you have a license in hand. Then you will also have many more choices.

    And yes, Las Vegas hires new grads.
  4. by   Race Mom
    I volunteer at St. Rose de lima and I have a few NS friends that have been hired as new grads. Believe me, I've asked around and the answer is always yes!! I can't offer any advice on the timing of it all though. Maybe Pie123 could chime in here and help you out with this question.

    Woogy
  5. by   505girl
    Mountainview, UMC, and Valley Hospitals all hire new grads; you must have passed NCLEX and be well on your way to obtaining license, which in NV means having submitted your fingerprint cards at least 4 months before obtaining your license
  6. by   jayrelic
    505 or anyone else - will Nevada allow a current student begin applying now for a pending move? i.e. the fingerprinting process, etc.
  7. by   505girl
    jayrelic--remember....

    You have to apply to a state for licensure BEFORE you can even register for the NCLEX. (plus , you have to have graduated) So start that application process soon.
  8. by   hellerd2003
    Jayrelic--

    I applied for the MN license (taking my test in MN and will then apply to have licensure by endorsement in NV) and am registered for the NCLEX. I've also, since the fingerprint process can take a while, submitted fingerprints to NV and once I have my MN license number (3 days post-NCLEX), I'll sign up via Nursesys so NV can verify my license and then get me a temp one. Also will be overnight mailing my final application once I get my MN license #. It's best, if you can, to start the process EARLY-- from what I've heard, it's the fingerprint process that can slow things down.

    I did end up getting interviews scheduled with hospitals who are aware of my license timeframe and when it all will be done. Hopefully, I'll be in NV with a job and licensure by mid-Feb. :-)
  9. by   pie123
    Quote from hellerd2003
    I was under the impression that Las Vegas hospitals hire new grads. However, I'm wondering if this is the case.

    I graduate in December and will have my NV license by the end of February. I've called all the hospitals in the Las Vegas area and advised them of this fact. Of all the hospitals, only two called me back and said they would consider an interview. :uhoh21: One hospital even stated that if I came out in December to interview, they would set up a visit with a nursing supervisor. I sent in my resume and completed the online application. A good travel deal came up, and I called the hospital back to confirm that I would be able to have an interview time during the week for which the travel deal was good. I was told to go ahead and book my tickets, so I did.

    As of today, I got a phone message stating that until I have a license, I won't be able to get an interview after all. I was perfectly up-front over the phone and in my cover letter about not having a license yet and thought that we all understood each other. I'm hoping that tomorrow things will be ironed out and I'll be back on track to interview, but at the present moment, I am sitting at my computer believing that it's all hopeless AND that I've wasted my family vacation money on tickets to Vegas the week before Christmas.

    So . . . does anyone in LV hire new grads? Or does every place refuse to offer you a position without your having a NV license in your hands? In the area I'm at now, I can be hired for a job without even having a temporary license. My ability to begin work, of course, is contingent upon my passing the NCLEX and receiving a license. I had assumed (erroneously, I'm gathering) that it is this way in other areas.
    Hmmm, when I graduated, I did not have this issue. While I did not have my license yet, I did have my permit, and had no difficulties with finding a job. Maybe some employers are more receptive face-to-face than over the telephone. One of my classmates actually by-passed HR altogether and went straight to the manager of the unit that he was interested in, and he got the job (and we hadn't graduated yet, still had a few weeks or so left of school). I also understand that one tends to get the run-around over the telephone. I cannot fathom that you would have any difficulty finding a job, even with just a permit. Before I took the job at St. Rose, I interviewed at Valley (still only with a permit) and was offered the position, but was told that they would like for me to have tested by a certain date. I was told that they offer a very expensive training course and have had people start the course, then fail NCLEX and have to quit. I know for a fact that St. Rose hires new grads who only have permits, half of my former classmates only had permits and got hired there. Good luck.
    Last edit by pie123 on Nov 18, '05
  10. by   pie123
    Quote from hellerd2003
    Jayrelic--

    I applied for the MN license (taking my test in MN and will then apply to have licensure by endorsement in NV) and am registered for the NCLEX. I've also, since the fingerprint process can take a while, submitted fingerprints to NV and once I have my MN license number (3 days post-NCLEX), I'll sign up via Nursesys so NV can verify my license and then get me a temp one. Also will be overnight mailing my final application once I get my MN license #. It's best, if you can, to start the process EARLY-- from what I've heard, it's the fingerprint process that can slow things down.

    I did end up getting interviews scheduled with hospitals who are aware of my license timeframe and when it all will be done. Hopefully, I'll be in NV with a job and licensure by mid-Feb. :-)

    Early is the key! The fingerprints can take a while, up to 3 months.
  11. by   pie123
    Quote from jayrelic
    505 or anyone else - will Nevada allow a current student begin applying now for a pending move? i.e. the fingerprinting process, etc.

    My class started the fingerprinting and application process in May and we graduated in August. Our instructors told us to start in May because of how long the process can take, and so that hopefully by the time we graduated, everything would be cleared and we could begin working. Good luck.
  12. by   sjb2005
    My input...DO NOT BE A NURSE IN LAS VEGAS!!!!!! Been there, done that....there are other states much more suited for nursing and for grad and experienced nurses.....Will NEVER renew my license there...just my opinion... If you really want to try it...get your experience in a hospital somewhere else then do some travel nursing there...when you've had enough...GET OUT! Vegas burns you out if your a nurse!
  13. by   pie123
    Quote from shellyjellybelly
    My input...DO NOT BE A NURSE IN LAS VEGAS!!!!!! Been there, done that....there are other states much more suited for nursing and for grad and experienced nurses.....Will NEVER renew my license there...just my opinion... If you really want to try it...get your experience in a hospital somewhere else then do some travel nursing there...when you've had enough...GET OUT! Vegas burns you out if your a nurse!

    I just sent you a private message
  14. by   mschelee
    Quote from sjb2005
    My input...DO NOT BE A NURSE IN LAS VEGAS!!!!!! Been there, done that....there are other states much more suited for nursing and for grad and experienced nurses.....Will NEVER renew my license there...just my opinion... If you really want to try it...get your experience in a hospital somewhere else then do some travel nursing there...when you've had enough...GET OUT! Vegas burns you out if your a nurse!



    Can you say why? I am beginning my second semester of nursing school, and would be interested to know why you didnt like working in Vegas.

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