New Grads, It is Possible!
- 18New Grads… it is possible!
I know that I for one feel lied to, especially by my nursing instructors. Not once did they make it seem like any of us would have a hard time landing an RN position. They even made it sound like we would have our pick of specialties. Unfortunately not long after graduation I found that this was not the case.
I graduated in May of this year with a BSN and the hopes of landing a hospital job. Not my dream job, but a hospital job. Ideally I would work in OB or PEDS but I knew I had to be willing to do whatever it took to get in somewhere.
I moved 1000 miles away from my home, and a huge new hospital that had just opened and was accepting new grads for Med- Surg left and right. Many of my friends even got Oncology, ED and ICU positions. I applied to EVERYTHING I could find and did not receive my first call back until 5 months after graduation. It was for a pediatric home health position which actually scared the crap out of me but I figured I would give it a try. I started that and on the side did flu shot clinics.
I was starting to feel like nothing was going to happen for me, that I would be staying in home health for at least a year to gain some skills. FINALLY, 6 months after graduation I received a call back from a major children’s hospital for an interview. I was so excited that I could hardly stand it!!! I interviewed and accepted the position less than 24 hours later!!!
It is possible for a new grad with little experience to get into the hospital. I knew NO ONE in this hospital and still landed an interview. I applied online as well. I was starting to wonder what universe all of those online applications where ending up in!? Apparently my application landed in the hands of the right person. I pray that yours all end up in the right hands as well. I know how devastating this job market is for new grads and have read countless posts from new nurses a year out from graduation with not a single job lead. I hope you all find something soon! I truly feel so blessed that words cannot describe. Thanks for listening.
- 0Nov 7, '12 by kindlyliliCongratulations!! It was a great news for current situation. May I ask which state you are? I am in CA, and it seems even harder than anywhere else for a new grads find a job, but a lot of my classmates did find a job in the medical center I studied for. It was just like either you got a job very soon or you couldn't at all. I am currently working as a home aid instead of a RN, how sad.
- 1Nov 7, '12 by roro13sfCongratulations!
I like hearing stories like this. It helps me to keep the faith that I too will find a job soon. I graduated in March, got my license in May, and have been applying all over the U.S. I'm willing to take ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, HOLIDAYS, WEEKENDS, NIGHTS, you name it!
Out of curiosity, did you have ACLS & PALS before you interviewed? I'm thinking about getting my ACLS certification. Obviously, without a job I'd rather not spend $240, but I will if it'll give me an advantage.
Again...big congrats to you! You must be so relieved.
- 0I actually did consider getting ACLS or PALS certifications but never did have the money to spend. I asked the hiring manager at the hospital when I interviewed if I would need PALS and she said that I would be taking PEARS instead...which I did not know much about but I guess it leans more towards focused assessment skills. And I actually interviewed for a day time position but they saw me as a better fit for nights (new grad, little experience) i figure it will be a good place to start and learn. I agree though... I was willing to take WHATEVER shift they gave me...and any holiday Plus nights offers more money and weekends offers even more! Can't complain there!
- 0Nov 7, '12 by roro13sfI guess it's a good thing you didn't spend the money for PALS then. I have a friend (new grad) who was recently hired as a pediatric OR nurse. They are also teaching their own version of PALS.
I also think nights would be a great place to start...I would think it would be a little less crazy...but then again I could be wrong.
Good luck with everything!
- 2Nov 8, '12 by ValeriaflynnThe jobs are out there. Luck has a lot to do with it. When the energy blends well you will get that offer. I graduated in May with ADN and it took me till now to land a job. Granted, I didn't start looking hard till July after passing boards but I put in countless of applications with no response. I redid my resume many times, redid my cover letters for each application, got ACLS, started volunteering at a clinic. Calling HR yielded the "you just don't have experience" explanation. I interviewed several times and didn't get those positions. One of them didn't even call or email back ever again, as if I had interviewed with a ghost! In retrospect I am glad I didn't get those other positions, as the one that felt totally right and was exactly what I needed fell into my lap. The interviewer practically offered me the position before the interview was over and they still had another person to interview! I had practically given up, was the last in my graduating class that didn't have a job, and then boom, there it was. What they look for in an RN that they are considering is for a solid low-flight risk investment in their time and energy. My hiring manager said that this was a make or break question for her:" What type of nursing are you most interested in?" Don't tell them your dream is OB or peds nursing if you are interviewing for a med surg position. Don't give up, have faith, and stay busy with the health profession, volunteer, show the hiring people that you are unstoppable in your quest to continue learning despite not having a job. Good luck, dont give up!!
- 3Nov 8, '12 by ElizaWI don't feel like I was lied to by my instructors, but boy, do I feel like I was lied to (by omission) by the Director of the school during my admission interview. It's no biggie at this point. I love nursing. But she led me to believe that there were ample opportunties which no longer exist. My journey has been harder than I thought it would be, but definitely worth it.
OP - congratulations on your happy beginning.