How To Get a Job As a New Grad Nurse - page 3

Alright new grads, I am a straight shooter and a bit of a cynic (I like to call myself a realist, personally) – but that is possibly why I scored myself an RN job with a residency, before I graduated, on the floor that I wanted... Read More

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    44 years ago when I graduated from a 3 years nursing program things were not that easy procuring a nursing position. Yes folks 44 years ago. I was broke and living with my parents after graduation. No internet. I walked into what they called then the personnel office. No there were not hiring nurses without experience! Leave and application and we will call you. Well my parents had a phone and they barely answered it. I went from hospital to hospital. There was a nursing shortage back then .
    I finally opened my mouth to someone in the personnel office and said " how do I get experience if no one will hire me." Guess someone had a epiphany and said just one moment and got a nursing supervisor. Guess what she interviewed and I got hired. I could have stayed and been hired on at my nursing school but I did not want to live on the South side of Chicago. So I ended up at Cook County Hospital ER and then transferred to trauma. Wow did I get experience fast.
    So I totally understand what it means to spend the time and talk with people. I did not go to the floors as they would not let strangers on the floors at the time . So I was limited to the personnel office. So strange the semantics have changed but the process of trying to get hired and the stress is the same. We did not have intern programs back in the day but they were to start soon. I just had to post as the story reminded me of my struggles back in the day. I respect all of the new grads that are trying to start your careers. Best of luck
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    You are right on hope3456! I live in Massachusetts and getting a job as a new nurse is very difficult, yet the schools keep pumping out new nurses. I graduated from nursing school with a BSN the spring of 2011. I worked as a PCT on a medsurg floor in a hospital for 3 years during school, prior to graduating, and then another 6 months as a PCT on the same floor after graduating before being hired into a New Grad Program at the same hospital. Even once I was hired, the pay was very low for the orientation period. Once I was off orientation, the pay was increased but still not good. The economy has new grad nurses over a barrel.
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    Heck, I'm nowhere near a new grad but will be seeking employment in a hospital after years as a school nurse...and I am even going to take these tips to heart. Good ideas.
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    I'm a new grad (April 2012) and I've been offered 3 jobs and have officially accepted an offer. . I have no nursing or medical experience. I tried getting in somehow by being a PCT but had no luck. How did I land a job? I took job searching very seriously. I spend hours upon hours perfecting my resume and applying to hundreds of jobs each day and receiving rejection letters each day. I was not picky on what floor or facility and I was willing to commute up to 1 hour for a job.
    Yes it's hard to find a job as a new grad. I've been aware of this ever since nursing school. I kept applying and thankfully a small hospital hired me for their medical unit and this hospital is only 30 mins away. Bottomline dont' give up, keep applying, once you land the interview be prepared for it, and eventually you will land a job. Be persistent and don't give up.
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    Quote from HappyRN1086
    I'm a new grad (April 2012) and I've been offered 3 jobs and have officially accepted an offer. . I have no nursing or medical experience. I tried getting in somehow by being a PCT but had no luck. How did I land a job? I took job searching very seriously. I spend hours upon hours perfecting my resume and applying to hundreds of jobs each day and receiving rejection letters each day. I was not picky on what floor or facility and I was willing to commute up to 1 hour for a job.
    Yes it's hard to find a job as a new grad. I've been aware of this ever since nursing school. I kept applying and thankfully a small hospital hired me for their medical unit and this hospital is only 30 mins away. Bottomline dont' give up, keep applying, once you land the interview be prepared for it, and eventually you will land a job. Be persistent and don't give up.
    I'm also a new grad with no medical experience. I've applied to many jobs online with no luck. Could you give me some advice as to what you did with your resume? I've been using a functional format lately but still no luck. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    wow thanks for the lovely advice! will try to use it in the future been a nurse for over a year now and looking for better opprtunities
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    This is a great article, wish I read it while I was in school. Never had the foresight to talk to floor managers where I had clinicas, and didn't do an extern position while in school.

    My two awesome shots at getting a foot up in the industry are gone....

    Now what? Posted a semi lenghty question in a post here. Any tips welcome.
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    WOW!! You sound like a staight shooter and a go getter. Good for you. I can see that if you keep this up you may even become a nurse manager yourself one day!!
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    This article is great! I've been searching for job online for 2 months without landing 1 interview I should definitely try something new. Living in the Bay Area makes it a lot worse ...
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    Love this post you have an awesome attitude and great tips ! I seriously need to step up my game with networking, I suck at that stuff.


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