New Grad RN-->No Jobs, Then what? - page 3

by lperkrn 210,223 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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    My understanding is that nurse recruiters work for the facility recruiting nurses to work for them. It seems like they are the first level of screening before your application goes to the HR.

    Any ideas out there?
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    Does anyone have input on which RN to BSN programs are good? It seems most of them are online, so it could be done from anywhere. With the crap job market out there, what I thought was the end of my schooling now looks to be just the beginning....I just want to start working!!!! I am sick to death of school, but if it keeps me from defaulting on my loans, then I HAVE to keep going. Blahhhhhh.

    any thoughts on RN to BSN programs? thanks.
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    This is all great input. I have a similar question..I graduated in December 2009 (BSN) and passed the NCLEX in February..I would like to take some time off to find the right position. I know the market is tight right now, however, I am willing to wait rather than take a position that might not be the best fit..I was wondering how long past graduation is I guess too long to wait. I am giving myself a year, but want to remain an attractive applicant to employers. Anyone here wait a year or so before working as an RN after passing the boards? Or, does anyone have insight on waiting a while after graduation and how that may affect future employment as an RN? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you
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    It really depends on where you want to work and the type of organization as to who will be the first person to contact and screen you..I think for larger organizations it is HR and in smaller organizations, it is the DON or Nurse Manager..That's been my experience. Hope that helps!


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