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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... Read More

  1. Visit  geny profile page
    #13 1
    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!
  2. Visit  unreallly profile page
    #14 2
    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
  3. Visit  oguesswhat profile page
    #15 1
    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)
  4. Visit  bleu216RN profile page
    #16 0
    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.
  5. Visit  MiaNJ profile page
    #17 0
    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.
  6. Visit  bekindtokittens profile page
    #18 0
    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.
  7. Visit  oguesswhat profile page
    #19 0
    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?
  8. Visit  bleu216RN profile page
    #20 0
    Well I hadn't looked into it yet she had just told me that. I did some research and the only certifications that I can find that med surg do say you need to have 2+years of experience. So I don't know what she was talking about. I just know she told me I couldn't get the job at this time and that this certification would help me get the job at a later date. Thanks for the info!

    The job market is very tough. I have applied easily to 300-400 jobs (lost count) over the past year and have recently broadened my search from just Colorado to the whole USA and get the same response. Not qualified, not enough experience. I'd say get a job in rehab or LTAC (long term acute care) would be the best bet for anyone who can't find something. At least its some experience.
  9. Visit  MiaNJ profile page
    #21 1
    Quote from oguesswhat
    Do you list the certifications on your resume so they can see?
    Yes, I do. I have also received a compliment such as 'that's great that you got these certifications', while talking to some recruiters, but still didn't get the job because they said they still had to 'interview other candidates', or they are looking for nurses with more acute care experience at this time. After all my searching, I think the factor that weighs most is Experience, at least in all the numerous hospitals that I've applied to.
  10. Visit  oguesswhat profile page
    #22 0
    Oh that stinks! I am having problems with that too. That they want more experience. I am trying though. I haven't got to the certification part yet...but that is coming soon. In hopes that it will help a little.
  11. Visit  lperkrn profile page
    #23 1
    Thanks for all the input! I will definitely look into volunteering at a free clinic. It would be nice to be able to incorporate RN practice and not just observe. I also checked out adding on certifications like ACLS. They don't seem to be offered too frequently and are expensive, but no doubt, useful to have. I actually spoke to the director of the skills lab at the nursing school I attended and she said she may decide to offer a refresher type course for their grads who are losing skills while not employed.
  12. Visit  fotero profile page
    #24 1
    Quote from MiaNJ
    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.

    I am in the same boat. No experience in acute care, no job in hospitals. I am working in pulic health but it doesn't count as nursing experience. I am not longer a new grad, so I don't qualified for a new grad program. I have all of those certifications, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, fetal heart monitoring and pretty soon will add de CIC (Infection Control), those doesn't help, even to apply for a Infection Control Nurse, they ask for CIC certification but also for experience in acute care.

    I think that as soon as my resume is read and the recruiters look at my cero experienced in acute care, they don't even look at the rest of my resume or probably is something wrong with my resume that makes it look so disgusting for the recruiters. I don't know what to think.

    I am so depressed and discouraged. Altough I am working, I need to complement my job with the nursing experience in acute care. My husband was fired looking for a job. If I don't get a RN job pretty soon. I am thinking to apply as a warehouse clerk, janitor at nights, seriously, no a joke. It is very discouraging and frustating.
  13. Visit  ORRocksRN profile page
    #25 9
    I think the nursing schools are partially to blame. They are actively recruiting more and more students to train for years for jobs that don't exist. Maybe they should slow down the number of new grads they pour into the industry. They are basically stealing peoples money.

    On another note, can someone tell me the difference between HR and a recruiter? are recruiters part of HR or are they separate? if they are separate, who does the recruiter work for?

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