New Grad, New Low

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    Just to give everyone a little sense of how bad the job market is for new grads, I have some humerus news (get it?). I graduated in May, passed NCLEX in June, and have been looking for a job since, had a couple interviews, nada. So I decided to try and volunteer at a hospital with the hopes that I could get to know the staff and help my chances. I get an email this morning REJECTING ME FROM VOLUNTEERING BECAUSE I'M A NEW GRAD NURSE!!!!!! HA!!!!!

    Focker
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    That's just...wow. Unbelievable. Rejecting a warm body from volunteering?

    The only two things I can think of that would make them do that is a liability issue (they don't want to risk having you do nursing things when you're not specifically hired as a nurse), and/or they had a very bad experience with a prior new grad volunteer and don't want to risk a repeat. Perhaps they had new grad volunteers in the past that were more interested in trying to score jobs than in helping out.
    citylights89 and silenced like this.
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    Or they are just plain inundated with volunteers and have to start weeding out somewhere.
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    Yes I'm no stranger to these news. In order for me to get a volunteering job at a county hospital in Oakland CA I had to wait 6 months in probation then after two interviews I was finally let volunteer in the ER. Worked there for 8 months and still didn't get a job when it was posted, there were 1044 applicants for 4 positions and unfortunately I am not perfect.
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    It's definitely tough out there for new grads. I know in my area, most hospitals will only hire new RNs if they have BSN.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    That's just...wow. Unbelievable. Rejecting a warm body from volunteering?The only two things I can think of that would make them do that is a liability issue (they don't want to risk having you do nursing things when you're not specifically hired as a nurse), and/or they had a very bad experience with a prior new grad volunteer and don't want to risk a repeat. Perhaps they had new grad volunteers in the past that were more interested in trying to score jobs than in helping out.
    A local hospital wouldn't let me volunteer as a student when I was in school because they thought I wouldn't have enough time. Go figure.
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    Now that's just Big Ridic.

    FYI: I volunteered at a hospice while waiting for an acute care position to open up. They later encouraged me to apply. Maybe you could look into that? I enjoyed it.

    Good luck, don't let it get you down!


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