How Can New Grad RN gain experience to land a job as a RN

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    This is something I really don't understand....you do your part and go to school for a proper education to work as a RN with a BSN. Then when you apply for a job they ask you do you have any RN experience ( even if you tell them you have LPN, PCA, etc..), they still say no you need RN experience. How is it you as a new grad RN can gain experience when they mostly want experience RN? Therefore, how can you ever gain experience then? Everyone gain their RN experience at some point because somebody gave them a chance to build their skill.
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    When I was in nursing school I knew someone that finish nursing school a year and half and couldn't land a job. The person had to end up working a the gas station ( no disrespect) because the person had to work pay the bills some how. I never understood this, i even ask did you volunteer, get BSN and the person told me they did all of that. The person just keep telling me me it is really hard to land a job because everyone was mostly asking for experience RN. Finally, they did landed a job 2 years later which I am happy for the person, because someone gave them a chance.

    It is frustrating, and I am not giving up the fight to land a job as a RN. All I am saying is give us new grad RN a chance too.

    P.S. This is not a post to cause an argument btw experience RN and New grad RN. Remember we are all same thing regardless Regiestered Nurses. Thanks.
    Last edit by SuperwomenRN on Jul 4 : Reason: Misspelling
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    The same thing happened with me. Although it might not be what you want to do, nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals will sometimes hire new graduates. I was lucky enough to be hired as a new grad at an acute rehab hospital and although a lot of places don't consider that med surg experience it's better then nothing and you leant to prioritize and deal with patients. Also if you really can't get a nursing job try to apply for a nursing assistant job just to get your foot in the door. A lot of hospitals are more likely to hire from within!
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    Dp1126 is right and I agree. Another suggestion would be to volunteer where you really believe you would like to work. I know it is not paying any money however, it demonstrates something about you. It also could be done in conjunction with any work such as nursing assistant as Dp1126 suggested. Hospitals have many jobs that are non nursing but their internal postings are accessible and it is a great way to learn about the units and network.
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    This is what I fear about the nursing profession. You have much talent going to waste. I hate comparing it to physicians but when is the last time you heard about unemployed doctors.
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    There are no unemployed doctors because medical schools have a cap on how many students they accept. Some nursing schools do also such as the CUNYs, ie Hunter College where i went, they graduate 80 new grads per year. But others like the big private universities NYU (as per what NYU students doing clinicals at my old job told me)...they graduate like 300 new grads per Semester. Its crazy with a job market like this to be putting out so many new grads who will have hard time getting employed just because they have no experience.

    Anyways, how u can get experience....be open to where you want to work. Look for clinics, home care, foster care agencies with medical programs, rehab facilities etc. My first RN job was in clinic and I was hired one month after NCLEX (i didnt start applying until i took NCLEX because they all want a license before interviewing you). Eight months later I was interview and hired at a city hospital in Brooklyn. IM a BSN however I was hired along with ASNs who are enrolled in a BSN program. So enroll in BSN program ASAP. And if finances allow take certifications such as IV, ACLS, PALS etc.
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    The recent hires at my job have been volunteers! It sucks to say that we are now in an age where simply just applying is not enough. It has become all about who you know. My advice would be to contact your local hospital's volunteer office, sign up to volunteer, and volunteer on a unit you're interested in working on. When a position opens up, you may be the first person who comes to the hiring manager's mind. Learn as much as you can by helping out a nurse, show initiative, and help out as much as you can. Hang in there. Something's got to give. I went through the same thing when I was looking for a job 4 years ago. I remained patient and didn't give up.
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    Volunteering does Not guarantee a job. You may be a great volunteer but it wont get you a job. It all depends on the hospital and unit you volunteer one...some managers like to hire volunteer and others do not...either they seek experience or let Human Resources prescreen the applicants. I and several former classmates of mine volunteered at hospitals before getting a job and it did not help us in getting a job. The only person that got hired from the unit and hospital I volunteered at was a girl that took the Manager to lunch ...kind of like bribery but it worked for her. And she was not hired on the unit we volunteered at but at a very different one. However, the experience did help me in my interview for my current job which is not at the hospital i volunteered. The Asst Director liked my volunteer experience.

    Volunteering is good to build experience of what patient needs are in hospital ( ps u will not get clinical experience from this , you will just assist in responding to call bells and passing out supplies) and also to spend the time while you are waiting for places to call you for interview. I was working full time at my old job while volunteering once a week at hospital.
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    Quote from estrellaCR
    There are no unemployed doctors because medical schools have a cap on how many students they accept. Some nursing schools do also such as the CUNYs, ie Hunter College where i went, they graduate 80 new grads per year. But others like the big private universities NYU (as per what NYU students doing clinicals at my old job told me)...they graduate like 300 new grads per Semester. Its crazy with a job market like this to be putting out so many new grads who will have hard time getting employed just because they have no experience.
    Exactly my point
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    Quote from laynaER
    The recent hires at my job have been volunteers! It sucks to say that we are now in an age where simply just applying is not enough. It has become all about who you know. My advice would be to contact your local hospital's volunteer office, sign up to volunteer, and volunteer on a unit you're interested in working on. When a position opens up, you may be the first person who comes to the hiring manager's mind. Learn as much as you can by helping out a nurse, show initiative, and help out as much as you can. Hang in there. Something's got to give. I went through the same thing when I was looking for a job 4 years ago. I remained patient and didn't give up.
    What type of hospital? Some places have a bureaucratic hiring process. Even if they love you, the manager will get a stack of screened resumes from HR and told to pick. Use volunteering for getting a close inside look of the environment to gather information. Think of it as a long term information interview.


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