New Grad RN-->No Jobs, Then what? - page 8

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. by   missriss
    I am really nervous reading all of your posts I just decided to make a career change after working in the corporate world for 10 years. I just began taking some pre-reqs and won't be able to apply and attend nursing school until next year. I really hope the job market picks up by the time I am done with nursing school. Good luck to you all!
  2. by   gemimi
    OGUESSWHAT...I was a nurse at a hospital in MI down by Detroit, can't name it but think cars.... they only hire RNs and I loved working there before we moved. There are many hospitals in that area (approx. 7 within a ten mile radius I think....) so you might want to give it a try. Also a lot of LTC and SNFs around the Belle Island area, if you can work in one you will easily be able to transfer your organizational skills to hospitals in time ~ not necessarily the same going the other way. Big organization if you can take care of 20 people who all need something at the same time and many of them cannot always understand what it is you want, but they KNOW what they want. Good luck.
  3. by   rainbow11
    Quote from Meriwhen
    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's no hospital-level experience, but I figure any experience is better than no experience.
    Hi Meriwhen,

    Did volunteering help you to land a nursing job?

    I'm considering working voluntarily at some place where I can have at least some kind of hands-on nursing experience. Where should I look? What are free clinics? Are they community hospitals? Does anyone know a good place in Chicago area? A few hospitals that I contacted told me their voluntary service wasn't really nursing related, like directing patients & visitors etc. (it sounded really boring). Any input will be appreciated greatly!!
  4. by   WhatNursingShortage?
    Does working in a SNF count as the fabled "One year of experience in an acute care setting?" I have heard various opinions on that.

    Secondly, to anyone who like me was thinking the military is their plan D, last ditch plan, you won't want to hear this but I just spoke with a healthcare recruiter and the only branch even considering new grad nurses is the AF, and they only consider you if you have >3.7 gpa. AND those that are interviewing for that position, are interviewing for a position that won't even allow them to ship out until 2012, AND being a nurse in the nurse in the military pays less than half of what a staff nurse gets in a hospital, and they are still overloaded with new grad applications...sad times.
  5. by   VanessaRN
    Hi hayde215,

    I think the best thing to do would be to contact each (if possible) of the hospitals/facilities you are considering to ask them personally about your situation. I'm assuming that you would be considered a "new nurse" since you don't currently have RN experience here in the U.S., but I could be wrong. It's always better to double-check. Good luck! And congrats on passing the NCLEX, I have several friends from the Philippines who studied nursing there but are having a hard time passing the NCLEX here...
  6. by   gemimi
    PLEASE people understand that acute care in the LTC setting is NOT a fable!!! I have worked in both from midnight nurse all the way up to Administrator of a SNF (that is what they are now, Skilled Nursing Facilities). I have run hospital wings (psych, Med/Surg/Tele and rehab). SNFs have trachs, vents, psych patients, wounds all of the way up to stage IV (no not created there, sent there by hospitals to get healed via wound vacs and extremely dedicated and diligent care). They also have rehab so people can strengthen to the best of their potential via the physical therapy department. Yes, they even do IVs though the LPNs have to be IV certified and under an RN. They have speech therapy as well ~ the old "nursing homes" are where people who normallly would have been in the hospital now go. The hospital is now where most people who would have been dead are. Difference? Patient ratio is usually 6 or 7:1 in a hospital, SNFs are 7:1 on first shift 13:1 second shift and 20:1 third shift (numbers vary from state to state) and they don't hang blood. Nurses also do not have doctors around the corner if there is an emergency like hospsitals do, they have to think and react and call the doc all at the same time while directing staff to do what they feel best. They deserve Kudos and are NOT bottom of the barrel nursing. NONE OF US ARE ~ we just specialize in different fields. One is never better than the other, just different with different challenges. If you're not good at organization a stint in SNFs will cure you of that quickly, it's sink or swim! Hospitals are the same way....
  7. by   biblepoet
    I agree with gemini. I work in an infirmary in prison. Guess what we hang blood there and do everything a hospital nurse does. I am after almost 10 months starting to get interviews at hospitals around here. I have learned to work independently and make decisions quickly because no doctor around at night. At least around here my experience is counting. You need to look out of the box and find something that will give you experience. Sitting around doing nothing is worse than working LTC or at a prison. At least I will be able to talk up my experience.
  8. by   joanna73
    I agree. Whether or not its the ideal job, home care, LTC, corrections may be the way to go. In this economy, I notice that too many new grads are waiting. The longer you sit unemployed, the less marketable you become. I am also a new grad and I am moving to another Province for LTC, and happy to do it. The fact is, an experienced nurse will often get the job first when jobs are scarce. Nursing is my dream job period, and I don't care where I have to go to do it. This is not a time to pick and choose. Take something and learn to build from there.
  9. by   gemimi
    First of all Dsorn, and I do not mean to be rude, but you do not "wait" for a job, you go out and GET one! I know times are tough, I am looking myself after recovery from an 18 month illness. If your husband is trying to make it on a teachers salary, please remember that teachers are VERY needed within the school systems (my son is one ) and that HE is able to relocate and teaching salary is pretty much the same anywhere unless you've been doing it for years and then you lose your seniority (wrong but it's the teaching world and it sucks). Find a city that is possiblly a good place for you to get a job and have him get employed first (he'll probably have to transfer his degree there but shouldn't be difficult ~ he can always sub as they are needed almost every day if you have to move faster). You then can look online while waiting to move. Moving isn't a piece of cake but is much easier to do when the kids are little than in school like 5th grade and have established friendships, hopefully yours aren't that old. Moving is exciting if you look at it as exploring new venues and places to see and things to do. Pick somewhere interesting and go for it! Perhaps you have a friend or relative that can assist you somewhere until you are on your feet. Look at the online newspapers from different places and see whawt the ads say, call the hospitals that are listed in the paper and the SNFs (though I think a lot of people get a job in a SNF just by showing the initiative of showing up there and asking if they are hiring). Remember that not all job openings are in a paper, it's very expensive to place an ad and they usually can get help by word of mouth or reputation. I'm headed for the SNFs next week with resume in hand and hope in my heart. Kind of difficult to find a job with an 18 month gap from illness being over 50 but I know I'm a good nurse and completely recovered now so keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer for me. I'll do the same for you GOOD LUCK and dare to explore !
  10. by   StrawberryVanilla
    I have a question for anyone in this thread who would be kind enough to answer I am just starting my schooling to get a nursing degree, and I was wondering- is the job market only this difficult if one wants to get into a hospital job?

    I'm wondering because I've worked at a hospital in the past (I'm a CNA but have been doing one-on-one long-term care now for ages), and to be honest, when I get my RN... I don't want to work at the hospital. I'd be really happy working in LTC or in a doctor's office or school. Is the nursing job market easier in those areas?

    I'm concerned now cause if it's this hard all across the board, wow!... I'll be really discouraged. It took tons of sacrifice and finagling with grants/loans/time to even be able to attend college at all, and I'd hate to think it is going to be for nothing!
  11. by   HappyGo1
    Hi all,

    I cant say im happy right now. i don't have any1 to share my long time of frustration of not getting a job as a new grad rn. I almost feel that I did nursing school for nothing. 4.0 GPA, honors and such really doesn't matter. People have told me its who you know and who you blow. I've sent out over 100 resumes. I sat for 1 interview. Bills keep on piling up and I think its time to just give up.
  12. by   gemimi
    Man, reading all of this is really making me depressed. I was encouraging my son to become a nurse because he is barely hanging on and is usually in the hole every month after working a fulltime job (no, he doesn't overspend, his ex-wife gets the money) with no hope of a second job where he is. He is a people person with tons of compassion and would make a great nurse he is also a teacher but there are no jobs in that field either. I am a BSN and now have to enter the workforce after an 18 month time off because of cancer and the death of my other child. Just what I job possibilities ~ great. Now I can be depressed for my only remaining child AND me. Good luck fighting the good old US of A related to foreign nurses ~ there's another losing battle.
  13. by   SunshineRN79
    Look as I sit here with tears welling up in my eyes I am saying to my self "its over" This is a losing battle. unless you know the CEO