New Grad RN Pedal Power - page 2

Call it too many early days and late nights of endless job searching leading nowhere. After 100+ applications and 9 months post-NCLEX with my RN with no interviews and no offers, I am ready for... Read More

  1. Visit  Pedal} profile page
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    Quote from Pedal
    whoa, whoa, hold the phone! Are you talking about a different post? I never said such stuff. - The OP

    p.s. I would appreciate it if you would retract your message. Thanks!
    ...and by the way, if you are referring to my "relay for life" comparison, I ask you to consider this: what is the mission of relay for life? what is the mission of the RN? Are they both not about helping to heal and restore health to its optimal state? and an RN without a job...how can he or she participate in this mission? This is the basis for my comparison. Does this make sense? I hope so. The OP
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  3. Visit  nursel56} profile page
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    I know a new grad who is older than me - can one of you put her in a one of those baby bike trailers with the tall flags I used to see all the time in my former home of Boulder, CO?

    Ha ha. Really - whatever misgivings I might have about the details would be outweighed by the publicity such an endeavor would garner. The wall of silence those who publicly state themselves to be "the voice of nurses" have maintained seriously needs to be shattered. As of now they hold all of the cards and are the people most reporters call for "expert" opinion. Public awareness, let's get some!
  4. Visit  BelleMorteRN} profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    As a cancer pt., I was repulsed at the OP comparing her situation to that of what cancer pts. go through. Believe me, not having job is not nearly as stressful as wondering if you're going to be alive in five years. I've been unemployed before, and that was not nearly as stressful as being seriously ill is.
    Hey Debbie downer, I am sure she meant know harm by it.

    I am quite sure no one would intentionally compare umempolyment to cancer, GEEZ!
  5. Visit  Isitpossible} profile page
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    OCNR63, very sorry to hear of your struggles... I really am... I dont think the OP intent was to to compare joblessness to having cancer. You are right, there is absolutely no comparison. I think we all know that...
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  6. Visit  runna909} profile page
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    I love this idea! What a way to get out of the world of job searching and sitting in front of a computer! I graduate in May, do not have a job yet, and I would love to go on this ride. Perhaps I could join you for a leg of the trip, if you're coming anywhere near Tennessee. If I were not planning on moving right after I graduate, I would love to do this trip. Good luck!!
  7. Visit  Pedal} profile page
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    Quote from madpeys
    Hey Debbie downer, I am sure she meant know harm by it.

    I am quite sure no one would intentionally compare umempolyment to cancer, GEEZ!
    I am sorry that I touched a sore nerve. I do not believe unemployment is like having cancer. I know what it is to be sick and it is not like searching for a job, having nowhere to use one's skill set and not having income. Good health is king, and I am sure nobody on this forum would disagree on that. What I maintain is that we as budding healthcare professionals are barred, gagged, and prevented from doing work for our communities in the role we spent 5,6,7 years of our lives preparing for. I don't think this is like having a cancer. Look, nurses and nursing play a critical role in the treatment of sick people. If we compromise nursing by refusing to train new ones for a 5-10 year period, what's healthcare going to be like with a wave of institutions scrambling to train new grads in a hurry? That day has to come eventually, no? I certainly hope I don't find myself on a sick bed when that day comes and there's a wave of inexperienced nurses. This just shouldn't be happening. I've contacted so many HR departments across the states these past 9 months. I've lost count. The new grad RN is a persona non grata. We know that nurses save lives. Who would dispute this fact? Are we jeopardizing the future of healthcare and people's lives down the line with this ludicrous policy of not hiring new graduates? And like a ticking time bomb, are we waiting for the day when 6-month nurses will be training newbies? In my opinion, yes. And would I like to be using this period of my life to contribute to my community through dedicated work while it takes care of me through earning a living? Yes. Sounds like a fair trade, but it's not happening for me and it's not happening for many many new and recent graduates. Rather than giving up, I endeavor to do something useful, healthy with my body, and if it raises awareness as well then that can't be a bad thing.
  8. Visit  Pedal} profile page
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    Quote from runna909
    I love this idea! What a way to get out of the world of job searching and sitting in front of a computer! I graduate in May, do not have a job yet, and I would love to go on this ride. Perhaps I could join you for a leg of the trip, if you're coming anywhere near Tennessee. If I were not planning on moving right after I graduate, I would love to do this trip. Good luck!!
    That's great to hear! With every post like this the planning stage gets closer. How exciting.
  9. Visit  sunflower350} profile page
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    If you pedal through California, I'm in for the adventure! Passed NCLEX in June 2011, off work since September, total hip replaced in January, so that puts me 9 months as a registered nurse with no nursing job! Hip is good, I've been spinning at the gym and ready for the road bike
  10. Visit  AndyB} profile page
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    Put a resume on monster.com and your phone will not stop ringing. Do it and tell us your results.
  11. Visit  Pedal} profile page
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    Quote from AndyB
    Put a resume on monster.com and your phone will not stop ringing. Do it and tell us your results.
    Ok, done. I don't take much stock in web-based tools because I think they are mostly used for marketing and third party research purposes, but my info and resume is now posted at monster. Thanks for the advice.
  12. Visit  Pedal} profile page
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    An update on this: I landed a job in the last month. Basically I learned a few things: It may be a long search or a short one for your first job depending. I may have made life tough for myself post-grad/licensure by looking far and wide rather than in my own back yard. Go with the network you have to land your first job. I think after you get experience 1-2 years it will be much easier to find jobs through the posts online. But don't waste your time. I probably sent in somewhere between 100-200 app's during 10 months of fruitless searching until I landed a job through a friend and his family contact at a psych hospital. In fact I got the job offer as I was filling out the application! It can be brutal for new grads right now as you probably know. Lesson learned: start from where you are and who you know.

    I'll be pedaling, but just short trips around my area for now as I learn the ropes of being an RN. Good luck to all.
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