New Grad RN-->No Jobs, Then what? - page 2

by lperkrn, BSN, RN | 211,303 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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    Quote from oguesswhat
    What do you do at a free clinic for volunteering? How often do you go?
    Right now I'm training to do patient teaching and referrals. It's not as hands-on with the patients as I was hoping, but it's an area they really needed someone in so I took it...and from the looks of it, I'm going to become an expert on many different drugs pretty fast And patient teaching is one of my strongest suits.

    I just started, so right now I go in weekly. But I figure in a month or so if I have no luck on the job front I'll add another day or two or three to gain different experiences. They do have nursing duties there that involve more assessment and use more skills...it's no hospital-level experience, but I figure any experience is better than no experience.
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    Okay, so what are people doing for an income? I'd like to start taking classes for an RN bridge program but I want to keep my schedule open to work any shift should the opportunity arise. This is so frustrating.
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    I am a waitress... :-/
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    Quote from unreallly
    I graduated in July of 2008 and passed my boards April of 2009. While waiting for interviews, I got certified in BLS, ACLS and PALS. Believe me, it helps on your resume . The person who interviewed me was really impressed that I took the time and money to invest in these certificates. :wink2: If you still can't find a RN job, maybe you can work as a CNA until the job market picks up.
    Hi,
    Could you tell me how to do to receive these certified in BLS, ACLS and PALS, you need to pay the money?
    Thank you!
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    Just look in your local phone book and find a place that offer these certificates. YES, you have to pay for all of them. The person who looks at your resume will be impressed
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    Sometimes hospitals allow people not employed there to take them as well...google also can find them. Chances are if you are in nursing school you had to become BLS certified. Sometimes those places offers those as well. ACLS I found was between $200 and $300 in Michigan. (So you can know a average price) Look around you may always find one cheaper then the 1st place you looked. Plus 1 place may have BLS cheaper but ACLS more expensive (and vise versa)
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    I just spoke with a nurse manager who gave me some advise. She stated that you should join nursing organizations such as Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and/or get certified in the area that interests you. For the most part it seems to cost money and looks good on your resume.
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    Quote from bleu216RN
    I just spoke with a nurse manager who gave me some advise. She stated that you should join nursing organizations such as Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and/or get certified in the area that interests you. For the most part it seems to cost money and looks good on your resume.
    I always thought that many of these certifications required hospital experience, esp. Med-Surg certification. I looked on the AMSN site and it says that a minimum of 2 yrs acute care experience as an RN is required to be eligible to get certification.
    So how does one get certified without even getting an entry level job in acute care?

    I have ACLS, BCLS, PALS, for the past year, and still hasn't helped me get a job. They were great to take, and I learned alot, but hasn't helped me get a job in a hospital yet. The job market is very competitive in certain areas.
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    Get certifications like ACLS and PALS. I interviewed for an ED new grad position that received 300 applicants. The hiring manager told me I interviewed beautifully and the only reason I wasn't at the top of the hiring list was that a lot of other applicants had those expensive certifications already.

    Who knows, she may have been blowing smoke, but it's worth considering.
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    Quote from MiaNJ
    I have ACLS, BCLS, PALS, for the past year, and still hasn't helped me get a job. They were great to take, and I learned alot, but hasn't helped me get a job in a hospital yet. The job market is very competitive in certain areas.
    Do you list the certifications on your resume so they can see?


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