I graduated from an ADN program in one state in May of this year and just got my RN license in another state at the end of September. I took the time to read the nurse practice acts of the state I'm licensed in just in case there were any differences and to update my resume. I started submitting applications at the beginning of November. As a new grad with little experience, I don't expect to get a position right away, but I am having trouble even getting feedback from the hiring managers. I have called twice concerning a total of three positions and talked to the Human Resources department at the place I have applied and was told that once the application is sent to the hiring manager, Human Resources is no longer involved in the hiring process. I have asked for contact information for the hiring manager and was fussed at and then transferred to a voice-mail account. I left a message containing my name and phone number and requesting feedback on my application and have yet to hear anything back. As I said, I don't expect to be able to get hired right away and I have no problem relocating if that is what it takes, but I don't understand why I can't seem to be able to get a simple, "the position has been filled" or, "you might be a more competitive applicant if ...", or even, "the applications are still being reviewed and if selected you will be notified at a later date to set up an interview". So, I guess my question is am I being unreasonable in expecting some kind of feedback?
Another question I have is about how long after submitting applications does it normally take a new graduate to be hired? Honestly, I am starting to wonder if I should also be applying for non-nursing positions in the area in order to help my husband pay the bills in the interim or if maybe I am just being impatient. I'm sorry if I'm venting, but I really feel like I could use some help and I appreciate any help that can be given.
At the facility where I work, it is ALL about timing as to hiring nurses. It appears that if there is a need for a nurse, the first and most convenient applicant who 'walks in the door' gets the job. The more I'm observing (a couple of years, along with training most of the new nurses), I'm seeing it's not about quality or anything particularly special (we've let in some pretty questionnable ones, let me tell you), it's about the luck of timing. We hire new grads and we hire nurses with >20 years experience, no difference as long as they SHOW they can handle the rigors of the job. Just my personal observations.
My take, don't give up. Hospitals are quite regimented with hiring, and will likely keep your application for a potential in the future, but for the smaller places, keep applying and don't give up. Hiring is extremely regional right now, down to a certain part of the same area hiring and not the other. One thing, though, show up in the way of re-applying if necessary, but don't be a 'pain'. If you are bothering them now, you will be bothering them if they hire you is their thought. Just nicely keep presenting yourself; don't demand from them a response, for example.
And act 'as if', don't present as a new nurse even if you are in reality. Of course, facts on paper are as they are, but present yourself and talk yourself "up" as if you fit in already,...that is WHEN you do land that interview. Don't act desperate, even if you are.
As for the timing of being hired, again it depends on the need. It could be the next week you start training.
Last edit by favthing on Dec 6, '11