I am a new grad with my RN in hand, applying to many locations around the Dallas/Fort Worth region, and a universal theme I'm starting to notice in this region, with much dismay, is 1 or more years experience required, at almost all jobs. There are hundreds, if not thousands of jobs like this for experienced RN's. However, for positions for nurses without experience are few and far apart. How does one build experience, when there are little to none jobs hiring nurses without experience? Even job placement agencies for nurses (I've contacted 2 thus far and applied for various others) are mostly unable help because they won't get paid for finding you a job, hospitals only pay them to find experienced candidates.
To make matters more fun is many of these places require your 1 year of experience be in a relevant area, so scratch SNF off your list of places to build experience, unless this is your calling as a nurse.
Is this something universal throughout nursing, or have I discovered a rough patch per say?
I keep hearing about nursing shortages throughout the country and projected nursing shortages in the millions, but if they won't hire new grads, how will we build the job experience needed to fill these vacancies in the coming years, or even have any where close to the projected numbers?
Any good advice you can throw this new RN's way?
May 22, '12
my headache is primarly in the area i'm trying to apply there are tons of jobs for experienced RN's, and I believe that they are even flying in traveling nurses, it seems to the point that they have many more experienced RN slots than they can possibly fill (though the grass always does look greener...) In my search alone I've noticed several hundred jobs which in their description say require certian number of years, most 1 year + (about half of those very specific where that year is spent as well) and a good number requiring 2-5 years experience, though most of the 2-5 year experience are supervisory positions, which I very much do not qualify for, nor would want as a fresh new nurse.
Thanks for the extra info, I appreciate the extra insight into why new nurses aren't always welcome, and thank you for putting up with my frustrations.
where would be a good place to get ACLS training done and what does that typically cost btw? We had a last minute incident cause our ACLS instructor to become unavailable so we were unable to finish it and get that certification complete
edit: PS: also thank you for the suggestion of the military, actually was looking at their recruitment websites for that, though not sure i want to go that route, last i heard its a 5 year commitment as an officer to get those loans repaid, if i do end up contacting them I will let you all know
Last edit by knighton201 on May 22, '12
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