Hello! I am a registered nurse and have been unable to find a job. I check everyday for new job postings and apply to anything I qualify for (I have no RN working experience). I have also brought my resume to all the little clinics and small businesses in the area desperatly trying to find a position. I have my ASN and wondering if it's worth it to get my BSN. I don't want to end up getting my BSN and being in the same exact position. Could anyone recommend a good major that a RN could transition too that has a higher chance of landing a job? Maybe PT or OT? Nobody wants to hire a new grad RN, I've applied to LTC, hospitals, clinics, home health, insurance companies, you name it! Any advice is appreciated.
Aug 6, '12
Quote from LittlenurseRN
Nobody wants to hire a new grad RN
This is not true. While the market is hard right now it's not impossible. I am a new grad and was hired right away after graduating. I know this is an exceptionally lucky circumstance, but that means that people DO hire new grads. Don't give up on being an RN, have you considered looking outside your area? Are you willing to move? Make a long commute? (I drive an hour with no traffic to work). Try looking out of state, do some research and find where the nursing market is better than others. I know it's tough, but it can be done.
I applied to some really small hospitals in the middle of nowhere and I got hired at one. It's a small place, but it's an Acute Care hospital and I like it, and I'm learning A LOT. Pretty soon with enough experience, I will be able to move somewhere larger and closer to home.
Don't give up! Get creative.
Aug 7, '12
Before making a decision, you should probably do a more complete investigation of PT & OP. Entry into practice for a PT is Masters degree - you can become a PTA with a BS. There are fewer programs for these fields, and much more competitive than nursing to get into.
PP is correct, new grads are getting jobs. If you are in a highly saturated area, a BSN may be more attractive to employers, but those grads are probably having a difficult time also. If relocation is possible, you may need to consider that option.