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New grad in LTC as first job .. Good idea?

  1. 0 I graduated in may 2012 and I still have yet to find a job. I am from Harrisburg pa. I was wondering if I should start applying to nursing homes. Is this good experience?Any other may graduates with no job?
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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Realistically speaking, what are your other options in a tough nursing job market? Look at your situation in the following manner:

    1. LTC job = RN pay and RN experience
    2. No job = no pay and no experience

    I suppose you can re-word your question to read, "Is it a good idea to pass up LTC opportunities while waiting for the hospital job that might never happen?"
  4. Visit  cjr2619 profile page
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    Hi there! I am applying to nursing school right now and I have been thinking of other options in case I cannot find a job at a hospital when I graduate. One thing I think you might want to look into in plastic surgery. The nurses in Rhodes offices get both OR and PACU experience and it might be an easy transition to a PACU position in a hospital. Just something to think about.
  5. Visit  cjr2619 profile page
    #3 0
    Should have proof read my post lol, damn auto correct! Not Rhodes, those!
  6. Visit  live2run00 profile page
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    do they hire new grads? I think plastic surgery offices want OR experience.
    I want to stay in the area I live in now! I could move and work in a hospital but I don't want to do that! I think I will apply to LTC facilities.
    How long does it usually take a new grad to get their first job? I have been out of school for over 4 months!!
  7. Visit  perioddrama profile page
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    Quote from gustia55
    How long does it usually take a new grad to get their first job? I have been out of school for over 4 months!!
    How long does it take? Average of over a year. Someone recently posted on here that she got a job after 2 long years.

    Take what you can get!
  8. Visit  live2run00 profile page
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    oh wow that makes me feel better! Would you recommend taking an LTC job or moving for a hospital job?
  9. Visit  perioddrama profile page
    #7 1
    Quote from gustia55
    I graduated in may 2012 and I still have yet to find a job. I am from Harrisburg pa. I was wondering if I should start applying to nursing homes. Is this good experience?Any other may graduates with no job?
    It's tough to find a hospital job now. It's not impossible, it's just a lot harder than it used to be. Scroll through all the threads/posts about new grads posting about how difficult it is to find a job.

    If you land a hopsital job, great! But apply to LTCs, and other non-hospital places just in case. But money = money (and RN experience = RN experience) like TheCommuter said.
  10. Visit  live2run00 profile page
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    Thank you!!! I will deff Start applying to LTC facility and I was thinking of applying I flu clinics too
  11. Visit  cjr2619 profile page
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    Quote from gustia55
    do they hire new grads? I think plastic surgery offices want OR experience.
    I want to stay in the area I live in now! I could move and work in a hospital but I don't want to do that! I think I will apply to LTC facilities.
    How long does it usually take a new grad to get their first job? I have been out of school for over 4 months!!
    It all depends on the place, I had a friend who got hired at a plastic surgery office and she was a new grad. She was so happy because she wants to be an OR nurse. This was in Newport news Virginia. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with. I agree with the commuter, any experience is better than none! Good luck and keep us posted
  12. Visit  live2run00 profile page
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    Thank you! I look into plastic surgery offices and centers! I will deff keep you posted
  13. Visit  marcos9999 profile page
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    I hear that many hospitals do not consider LTC experience nursing experience. I'm in the same boat. I did apply to some LTC's but because the response is also weak I am sticking with the plan of getting a hospital job. One year is all I need so I decided I'll relocate to any place in the U.S. in order to get that first year.
  14. Visit  live2run00 profile page
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    Oh really? Wow that is not good! Has anyone else heard that about LTC experience not counting as experience for hospitals ?

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