New Grad.. No Job(Of Course).. What should I do in the meantime? - page 2

by FilledWLove

Hi everyone, So its the usual story on here.. I can't find a job. Only about a handful of my graduating class have a job. I'm in Northern California where jobs are so scarce. My dream is to get a Peds position on any unit at... Read More


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    Skilled nursing facilities are hiring new grad RN's in my area, west coast and I don't live too far from where you are. The jobs are never advertised. I no longer feel sorry for new grads with no job. Everyone wants the glory jobs but what about our elderly? The pay is better than the hospital as a new grad. And don't balk when they tell you, you will have 20-30 patient's. I am learning a ton and I get to help people, I get to be a nurse and pay my bills and use what I learned in school.
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    i would happily work in LTC, my only issue is that many hospitals don't consider this good enough experience to land a hospital job later down the road. do you know of any new grads who worked in LTC / SNF for a year or two and then moved on to an acute care position? i would hope things are starting to change and hospitals are being more open minded as most new grads are only able to land jobs in LTC these days.

    - my only other issue with LTC is working 8 hr shifts vs 12 hour shifts as i commute to see my fiance whenever i can so 12hr 3x a week is more ideal. anyone know of LTC facilities that are on 12 hr shifts?

    Quote from WanderingSagehen
    Skilled nursing facilities are hiring new grad RN's in my area, west coast and I don't live too far from where you are. The jobs are never advertised. I no longer feel sorry for new grads with no job. Everyone wants the glory jobs but what about our elderly? The pay is better than the hospital as a new grad. And don't balk when they tell you, you will have 20-30 patient's. I am learning a ton and I get to help people, I get to be a nurse and pay my bills and use what I learned in school.
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    I don't think a hospital is anymore impressed by a year or 2 of unemployment over a year or 2 of SNF work. SNF work is much like step down or long term acute care for people who need longer than 1-2 weeks. The advantage of LTC or SNF or LTAC is you get to see disease processes at "End Stage." You can't tell me there is no value in seeing "End Stage", as well as learning the meds that those patients take to manage the disease. Now yes LTC might have some patient's on "comfort care" status and then you don't see the meds but many people opt not to be on comfort care. Out of our 46 residents only 2 or 3 are on comfort care and usually that is a new status after watching the decline of health. Don't put barriers up for yourself that aren't there! Sorry I get a little passionate and defensive of our elderly!
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    As far as Texas hospitals, I went to nursing school in Dallas and everyone I graduated with found jobs there. Some suggestions would be Baylor University Hospital NICU, Dallas Childrens Medical Center (i was a cna here in school), Cook Children's in Ft Worth (largest nicu in the country), Presbyterian Nicu, Scott & White is a big teaching hospital north of Austin with a nicu and picu that lots of my peers got jobs at, i know a few girls that got jobs in Waco at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital and Providence...lets see..Parkland would be good, I did L&D there in school and that place is a baby factory! There's Dell Childrens in Austin but I think its pretty competitive. But every hospital I mentioned regularly hires new grads. And pay compared to cost of living in Texas is unbeatable. Good luck!
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    i totally agree with you. my grandmother passed last winter and i would prefer to work in a facility similar to the one that treated her than the majority of hospitals out there, the staff was excellent and highly skilled. i just wish hospitals were more open minded about hiring those with LTC, LTAC and SNF experience.
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    Not-done-yet, thank you so much for telling me about Medical City! I applied! Hopefully they will like me

    Meriwhen, yes, I wish I didn't spend the last couple of month ONLY looking for jobs because it ended up just wasting my time! I'm fixing that now though.. I will definitely keep in mind not to look so desperate and truly showcase what I have to offer. Even if they are planning to hire anybody or not, I am just gonna give them my all and do my best simply because I love being a nurse , regardless if I'm going to get hired, paid, etc.

    Dbassi, great point! I will get great practice for interviewing for new graduate positions! Goodluck on your job search! We can do this!

    WanderingSagehen, thank you so much for your comment. You bring up a great point. I admire your compassion. It's not that I am discriminatory towards taking a job in a SNF or LTC, but my resume targets more towards pediatrics. I sort of feel like they'll read my resume and laugh thinking I'm in the wrong place haha (of course they won't REALLY laugh though). I am truly debating staying in California and taking a SNF/LTC job or going out of state and taking a Peds/NICU job in a hospital. Believe me though, I love the elderly and they definitely hold a place in my heart. Lullaby also brought up a good point of landing a hospital job in the future after working at an LTC. In this economy as a new grad, I would just want to ideally keep all my options for the future open, in case anything were to happen. I know my family wants me to stay here in California, so your comment really has me thinking... Thank you!

    Mrs.NICUNurse, YAY! Thank you so much for your insight! I will definitely look into those hospitals! So exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!


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