New grad rn :( I wanna cry - page 3

by srn789 43,402 Views | 60 Comments

I was wondering if anyone will be able to help me... I am a new grad ADN RN in nyc. I am currently enrolled to get my BSN and will be done by Feb 2013. I have yet to find a nursing job, I have been working as a medical... Read More


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    About the schools ... I went to a one of the oldest and best nursing schools in the country and I know first hand they are not accepting more and more students ... They keep their first level nursing class the same size every year.. either way the amount they accept, half of them dont even graduate with us because its soo tough..... but just the thought that in a month another whole class of new graduates will also be looking for a job, just makes me want to cry even more ......
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    Hang in there. I am a new grad too and still don't have a job.

    My friend who got a job told me to go on linkedin.com, add as many as recruiters as possible, send them your resume and cover letter, ask them to look and if they have any advice/job opening. He added more than 150 and only 8-10 replied with a job opening. One of them hired him. It took a long time to do this but if you get hired in the end, it's worth it.

    I am trying his way too. Only 2 replied saying that my resume looks good and that's it. Hey at lease 2 out of 50+ replied!!!
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    Don't give up, OP! I graduated last May and didn't find a job until October. I had applied for hundreds of jobs and had several interviews before I landed my current position. The job I found was posted on Career Builder's website. One tip some older nurses have told me is to apply for jobs even if it says "you need x amount of experience." I know several people (including my mom!) who have gotten jobs even though they weren't "qualified" according to the experience standards. I wish you the best of luck!

    Also, having had to wait so long to find a job has made me appreciate what I have even more!
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    Sounds like you do have the boss from hell! No matter what your inclination, don't burn bridges with this guy Yes, he's a jerk, and if you're like 98% of us you'd like to find another job and say something evil on your way out the door. (You didn't say anything at all like this--you may well be part of the 2% who wouldn't dream of reacting that way.)

    Finding another job is important for several reasons: your self-esteem will suffer if you work beneath your abilities, you'll quickly lose your nursing skills that you've worked so hard to learn, and the longer your job title is 'receptionist' the less likely you'll be considered for anything but clerical jobs.

    First, make sure your resume says something like, 'Front Office RN' or 'Nurse/ clerical staff'--something so whomever reads your resume will see you as an RN. In the space where you describe your duties, your clerical experience should be listed prominently, but make sure any nursing duties (no matter how rare or fleeting) are front and center. This is actually a great job to bolster you resume because you've acquired so many valuable skills that your next employer will appreciate. Check out some sample resumes on MS Word, both for clerical employees and nurses and pull some phrases and job descriptions and duties from those examples.

    I wrote a lengthy post about finding a job; if you're interested find that article/ post and see if anything within might help you. It's such a competitive job market you need to set yourself apart from the masses.

    It can be really frustrating to find your first nursing job. You mentioned that you're a new grad, but not when you graduated. This month? Last fall? Last spring? It can feel like forever waiting for your first job (you probably don't see your current position as a nursing job, so I'm writing this as you're looking for that 'first RN position'). I heard some depressing statistic about how long it takes for the average new grad to find a job; it was more than a few months.

    Meanwhile, you're doing all the right things: you're currently working, you're getting a BSN, you're gaining other skills (ACLS, BLS) and most importantly, you're trying to find something.

    You might add a volunteer position (working for Catholic Charities, with an ambulance service, at a non-profit, etc.), these health care related positions look great on your resume and volunteering serves three key purposes: it gives you experience, it looks great on your resume to volunteer, and the job itself (or those you work with) may be the direct stepping stone to a paid position. (Plus a lot of other advantages, as well... self-esteem, gaining friendships, etc.)

    Getting continuing ed credits is also helpful, especially if you have a target position. If you're interested in working with diabetics, get some con-ed credits in diabetes. Many classes are free; lots are online. Using this diabetes RN as an example, you might call around other doctor's offices (especially nephrologist offices or diabetes clinics) and ask if you can sit in on a class when a drug rep gives talk at a luncheon. (This works best if you know someone at those offices or if you have a connection--your PCP's office, for instance.) You'll not only gain the knowledge, but the opportunity might be valuable for networking. (While you're there, TALK to others and tell them you're trying to gain more knowledge because your dream is to work with diabetic patients--you'll impress them and they may offer you leads.)

    Try not to get disheartened and good luck with the search.
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    Quote from buytheshoes11
    ...One tip some older nurses have told me is to apply for jobs even if it says "you need x amount of experience." I know several people (including my mom!) who have gotten jobs even though they weren't "qualified" according to the experience standards.
    This is an excellent point! Sometimes employers put expectations in their ad, but are impressed with a candidate who doesn't meet that particular criterion; they interview the person anyway, and end up hiring them!
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    Why not think about moving out of NY if you can? Try CT because the job market is not so bad here.
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    Patti rn - thanks for all the advice and I will definitely try to do some of the things you said ... I know what you mean about saying go to hell on my way put... Lol but as you say I am one of the 2% that never would lol I previously worked for this doctor and although the work conditions were different , he was the same , so yea I try not to do something like buring bridges because it just so happens that he has a lot of friends in high places , and although he may be a terrible boss, If I was working for him and a nurse recruiter approached him For advice- I have no doubt in my mind he would give me a good reference . And I stand to keep it that way.lol but I just wish someone would call already ... I graduated in May of LAST year, so I have been out of school for a year ... I have changed it so my resume says nurse and have tweaked it to highlight the nursing aspect of my job. I did this at the advice of the career coach I hired... Still nothing ;( ... I spent all day faxing and emailing resumes ..... With hopes of something
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    Moving is just not an option . I have too many responsibiltes here
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    I just wanna add that I went to a nursing school from a hospital ... So we we're expecting a good number of graduates would get hired at the hospital... They hired 5 ... They hired 11 from the previous classes ... Listen I am not saying I have the best grades ... But I passed nursing school .... ALL of my friends from school are still unemployed ...
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    I know you said you had responsibilities and you could not move, but pray about this. If you have children they can transition to another school. If you are married and your husband has a good job maybe you can temporarily move to the state where you can get a job. Have you tried Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore? I know a hospital in Atlanta,GA is hiring. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices that we normally would not even think of making. If you decide to move try churches in that area who may offer a room until you get paid. Blessing to you!!


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