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- Mar 22, '12 by billyboblewisI could get you a job tommorow where I am employed try to call the Northlake support and service center in Hammond Louisiana and they will offer you a position. I was lookin for a job for a year and a half and when I applied there I was hired. They will tell you how to apply online. It is an institution run by the state of Louisaiana
QUOTE=simply_viki;6271070]Hi all. I've made just about every mistake in job hunting that I've seen mentioned - I didn't do a good job networking in school, I didn't join any student organizations or do anything "above and beyond" in volunteer work or anything like that, I didn't work as a CNA or patient care tech or anything healthcare related prior to or during nursing school, and I let too much time pass by before starting to really look for a job. I'm now starting to wonder if it's even worth it to bother.
I finished my ADN program in February 2011. The graduation was in April 2011, so we weren't eligible to sit for boards until after April. The boards lost my application, and I didn't realize it because I was waiting patiently for the 6-8 weeks to pass by before calling to pester them about it. End result of that, plus a little procrastination to boot, I didn't sit for boards until September 2011. I passed my NCLEX first try, the computer shut off after 75 questions, so I know I did well despite the passing of time since school, but I'm sure on my resume it probably looks like I tried several times before passing NCLEX, due to the length of time between graduation and testing.
After getting my license, I applied to a few positions at a local hospital, and then tabled the job search temporarily while I did some traveling over the holidays to visit family. I missed everybody... my immediate family moved away during nursing school, and I hadn't seen them in a while.
I returned home from the holidays in January, but I felt so apprehensive and anxious about the prospect of job hunting that I didn't begin in earnest until a few weeks ago. I've been reading about job hunting practically the whole time, and trying to polish my resume and cover letters (both of which I think suck, to be honest), but I just don't feel like there's any hope.
Ideally, I'd love to get into OB and/or women's health, but I'll take anything. I just don't see anything happening. I don't feel like I have any strengths to play up in a job interview, assuming I get that far (well, I'm good at school. That's a strength, but what employer cares if I'm good at school? Nobody, that's who).
I got back in contact with a nursing professor of mine, who pointed me in the direction of a couple of hospitals who she'd heard were hiring new nurses. I applied for both, but haven't heard anything back, despite leaving messages with both HR departments and speaking to one nursing recruiter (who took one look at my application and told me "good luck", which I don't take as a good sign at all).
I'm planning on starting my BSN, which I guess will put me back at "fresh new grad" status, which is better than "rusty new grad" status, but I'm not sure what to do in the meantime. So far I've applied to every hospital in the area and a few out of the area, the corrections facilities, the VA hospitals, and my next try is going to be nursing homes and possibly an abortion clinic (which I think might work well with my OB/women's health goals... I hope).
SO... If you read all this, you've got my appreciation, and if you've got any encouragement, I'll be grateful. I'll take some hard realism if that's all you've got, but I think I'm already pretty realistic/leaning towards pessimistic about this whole job hunt thing. Any other perspectives? Tips? Comments?
ETA: Oh, also I was thinking about doing some volunteer work in a hospital. Is that too little, too late at this point, or might it actually help? What about applying to CNA or LPN positions (I don't have those licenses, but does my RN supercede that?) or something like that? Is that an option?[/QUOTE]
- Mar 22, '12 by ScrubCapAs other posters have mentioned, your first step should be to have your resume and cover letter reviewed - probably by your professor.Do you have any teaching hospitals in your area? They are usually more apt to hire new graduates and have specific programs to ease a new grad into orientation. With May fast approaching, you will soon be facing a whole new challenge as you will be back in the competition with all these new nurses. The advantage that you have over them is that you have already passed your boards and can start work immediately - in most states, one cannot work as a graduate nurse anymore and needs their RN license to work - so this is good for you.I applaud your decision to obtain your BSN as this can only strengthen your resume and application. Be sure to select a school soon and apply (even if you start school in September, it will still look better on your resume to have it on your resume that you are attending). And most school deadlines are in May too - so don't procrastinate!While you are waiting to hear from prospective employers and for your BSN program to start, there are a few things you could do to further strengthen your canidacy such as certain certifications that most Family Birthing Centers require such as ACLS, NRP, and STABLE. It is true that the employer will pay for these requirements after you are hired, but it wouldn't hurt to get them out of the way and it makes you more marketable.In the meantime, I would encourage you to apply for every position out there for new graduates: med/surg, postpartum, women's surgery, etc. Are there any positions available in a doctor's office? Look for openings in an OBGYN's office. I really encourage new nurses to try to start out on med/surg if at all possible. It is hard work, but you will learn invaluable skills such as prioritization and time management, not to mention the nursing knowledge you will gain. Spend a year or two on med/surg then pursue openings in OB or Women's Services. Whatever you do, DON'T GIVE UP! The job market is tough, but you will eventually find something. Good luck!
- Mar 23, '12 by Professor_MikeThis may be a little late, but may help someone else. I encourage my students to walk right up to the manager of a u nit that they are on for clinicals and introduce themselves, express an interest in working there after graduation and ask a few pertinent questions. It really works!. Guess who that manager will remember when they get an inbox full of electronic apps?
- Mar 23, '12 by RNstokeGrnTea. Props for being kind and compassionate to your patients and for going against the culture which can be REALLY hard, especially for a newer nurse. It's important for all nurses to realize that personal bias is not appropriate in professional relationships with patients.
- Mar 25, '12 by MerlynQuote from frodo-dogI have seen this time and time again. Hospital & LTC are all sweetness and light when you ask to volunteer, but when they have to pay you, then you become a liability to them and they treat you like dirt. Two things that I learned in the Air Force were police holds,(these came in handy when I worked in Psych) and never volunteer.What state are you in? Did I miss that in all the comments... :-( AZ is apparently the worst state for a new grad to get a job in, anything west of the Mississippi (except N Dakota) is hard.
I worked as a volunteer at Phoenix children’s and Banner Good Sam and they both paid no heed to that when I graduated. I even got an award at Banner for the work I did, but it all meant nothing to either hospital: I wouldn’t waste your time volunteering.
HR departments have been overly nasty and obnoxious to me as a new grad. Go talk to the nurse managers, some of them looked at me with disgust as a new grad, other said that they would hole my resume, none of it came to anything but it was the warmest reception I got.
- Mar 29, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNOh uh, someone mentioned a hospital !! I need to give you a little info.
That hospital got mentioned as XXXXXX LAKE, if its really XXXXXX OAK hospital, let me give you some advice.
(You may have a wonderful experience there, and I hope you do.)
I went there as an agency nurse, and let me give you some advice.
This hospital was already on an interstate, when another interstate was created to merge (the city that XXXXXXOak Hospital is in) two interstates together, the City's population Boomed!!!!!! Then, Hurricane Katrina displaced 150K people, many to that area. So it wasn't really the hospital's fault. But, either way, Patient Ratios are rediculous. RNs to LPNs is hard on documentation needs, and nearly 100% of nurses providing care are Agency. This was the fewest Hospital Hired Nurses I have ever seen, the worst assignment I have ever been on, and I was totally exhausted, and terrified everyday there. I never had fewer than 9 patients, 1 aid for 30 acute care patients ranging from Med-Surg/Tele to Step Up Acute. I was freaked out to learn that the Medical Floors without Tele were worse 10-12. In my 8 years, this is the only place I ever had to stay over everyday to finish paperwork, and help others, It was the general culture of the Units to have to stay up to 2 hours after shift. Now the money was reeeeeaaaaallllllllllly good, so the hours are cool, but 3-4 15 hour shifts, and you are really broken.
Side note, maybe it has changed some, and I don't want to scare you, I just want you to have a very long, very satisficatory career. Some facilities are okay like that after you get some experience. But, while I was there, write ups were rampent, especially suffering were new grads. Its basically total care still, I talked on here with a nurse finishing up there yesterday (3 weeks early), 1 tech that gets Vitals. (if they don't get pulled).
- Apr 11, '12 by simply_vikiSmall update - I got my first call back yesterday! I am spending this week buried in my textbooks to refresh my memory. I'm going in for training of some kind on Saturday; they'll let me know more when I call on Friday.
- Apr 11, '12 by MerlynQuote from simply_vikiWAY TO GO, KID!Small update - I got my first call back yesterday! I am spending this week buried in my textbooks to refresh my memory. I'm going in for training of some kind on Saturday; they'll let me know more when I call on Friday.
- Sep 6, '12 by CrunchRNSo OP, how is it going?
- Sep 6, '12 by Silverdragon102closing for staff review