Quote from NS81
I am having such a difficult time finding a job. I graduated from nursing school in May with a BSN degree and still haven't found a job. I am such a great worker but really don't understand why is it so darn tough. 1/3 of my class found jobs while the other 2/3 including myself has applied to every hospital in NYC including westchester and the 5 boros. I interviewed at 2 hospitals and they both went well but just found out one of the jobs was given to a new grad who is friends with the nurses on the unit. Ugh. I have never felt so discouraged and saddened by nursing but now I feel like I have "the new grad disease." Any feedback would be awesome. Thanks!!
Take you pick of reasons:
The following NYC hospitals have closed within the past seven years or so: Cabrini, St. Vincent's Mid-Town (formerly St. Clare's), North General,Mary Immaculate, St. John's Catholic, Victory Memorial, Long Island College Hospital, Saint Vincent's in The Village, and Peninsula Hospital.
LICH and Victory Memorial became part of SUNY Downstate's system but that isn't working out as planned and staffing cuts are coming there as well . To all this add the closings of many nursing homes and LTC's in the area.
All this has been going on while the many nursing programs
in NYC, Westchester and other local areas have been cranking out grads ever six to twelve months like clockwork. So you have fewer hospitals but still the same number (more or less) of graduates looking for work. They are up against the scores of experienced nurses sent out to find new jobs when their hospitals/nursing homes closed. The market barely absorbs one group of displaced nurses when another hospital/healthcare system closes and or annouces layoffs.
If all this wasn't bad enough there was the recent fiscal and econmic crisis that has put NYC hospital's finances (already shakey at best at some) into a tailspin.
Inpatient admissions are down as are average length of stay. To make matters worse insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid are cutting reimbursements.
Long story short times are tough all around for healthcare workers.
Landing a gig for both new grads and seasoned nurses has become more about who one knows and how to "play the game" it seems. Just as with other employment positions getting a nursing job has become a job in itself.
Don't sweat your classmate landed a job before you; it's just the roll of the dice and you've just got to keep keeping on. On a brighter note there seems to be an uptick of postings from new grads that have landed jobs. Mind you it is not raining pennies from heaven but better than things seemed several months ago.
Keeping applying and try to network as much as possible. If you see nurses going to and from duty try striking up a conversation and see if their unit is hiring. Contact your former instructors for references and see if they know anything. If all else fails you may have to bite the bullet and relocate and find a job elsewhere. That way you can come back to NYC as an experienced nurse rather than a new grad.
Best of luck!