New Grad RN-->No Jobs, Then what? - page 12

by lperkrn | 211,310 Views | 210 Comments

I have been reading through these threads and haven't seen an answer to this question. I know that it is tough to get a new grad RN position and some say they are still looking after a year post graduation. So what happens to... Read More


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    I personally would not agree to a stipend. I took out loans in order to obtain my BSN. I worked hard, and nursing is my second (and last career). I expexpect to be paid what a new grad nurse earns.
    holisticallyminded and RNDreamer like this.
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    Woops. That is strange. Sorry for the typo above
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    Quote from joanna73
    I personally would not agree to a stipend. I took out loans in order to obtain my BSN. I worked hard, and nursing is my second (and last career). I expexpect to be paid what a new grad nurse earns.
    hi Joanna,
    I am presuming that you are still a BSN student,
    I think this is a better approach to get the NGRn starting job that pays money for a few months then the scale pay increases after the orientation program.

    .....w/ the yearly surplus of new grad RNs for the last 3-4 years when the economy is low, need to refine some nursing skills....thanks for your input...CC
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    Hi there. I can see the point in what you are suggesting. I am now a new RN. While I have a lot to learn, I've done close to 2000 clinical hours. Someone somewhere needs a nurse. Thankfully, I have a job. I just feel that proposing we work for a stipend may be a slippery slope. After 4 years, and loans, its time to still learn...but be paid accordingly.
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    Quote from joanna73
    Hi there. I can see the point in what you are suggesting. I am now a new RN. While I have a lot to learn, I've done close to 2000 clinical hours. Someone somewhere needs a nurse. Thankfully, I have a job. I just feel that proposing we work for a stipend may be a slippery slope. After 4 years, and loans, its time to still learn...but be paid accordingly.
    ... but what about those NGRns that are not lucky as you are and have bills to pay. Still looking for the jobs for 1- 2 years now.
    I am a nursing professor, I know a lot of those frustrated ones, inspite of strong letter of recommendation. What suggestion do you have for them....thanks CC
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    Hi CC:

    Well I would recommend that these new grads try to get noticed while they are in school. Volunteering on nursing committees, tutoring, and maintaining a high GPA. Having clinical instructors write letters of reference helps immensely. Finally, having an aggressive approach to job searching, and networking helped many of us secure jobs. Most of my friends now have jobs, 6 months after graduation. It is a tight job market, but there is hope. Relocation is also something to consider. Happy new year
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    I heard BSN is the way to go, as thats what alot of employers are looking for.
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    I concur w/ you...thanks CC
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    Those are great suggestions, thank you

    Still the question that new grads RN have is... "how can they fit in those RN jobs while networking and job searching if what they look for is a minimum of one year experience?
    There must be BIG voices from the NGrns to stand before the White House, or BRN offices....to cry for some help, petition letters for assistance. There are thousand of NGrns that cannot look for jobs because of this minimum requirement.

    jobless NGrns? would like to hear your views....much appreciated!

    CC
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    A stipend does not sound appealing for a couple of reasons. As stated by another poster above, people have paid in cash or by loans to become a RN. Why would one work for less than what is acceptable, also 3 years is a long time. What about nurses that need to work in the icu's for their one year or 2 years of experience to get to their master (crna). Doesn't sound like a good plan to me.


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