I'm a new grad RN with a BSN from So. Cali and have been applying to jobs in the hospital (mostly med/surg, oncology, and some telemetry) for the last 2 months and I've not had a single call for an interview. I know that hospitals are tight with their budgets and prefer experienced nurses, but what is astounding is that I have been disregarded for even the New Grad RN positions! I can't even get an interview! I'm not sure what's wrong. I know there's a lot of competition for New Grad RN positions in So. Cali.. I don't have any CNA/PCT experience and unfortunately don't have many connections. While I would love to get my nursing career started working in an acute care hospital, I realize how difficult it is to do so.. I'm now exploring 3 different alternatives and would appreciate some advice..
1) Should I try to get a job as a PCT/CNA in a hospital so that I can get my foot in the door and eventually get hired as an RN on that floor (hopefully)?
2) Or should I try to apply for a position in the hospital on another floor that is easier to get into (like psych) and then eventually get transferred to my ideal floor (med/surg or oncology)?
3) Or should I just try to get a job in a nursing home for now so that I can practice my basic nursing skills and improve in time management, prioritizing, and organizational skills and eventually apply for a job in the hospital later? I'm tired of waiting around for a hospital job and I've got to start somewhere. I realize it's also not easy to get into a hospital with just nursing home experience on your resume..
Ultimately, my goal is to get a good 1-2 years experiences in an acute care setting like med/surg or oncology and then go into hospice nursing or public health nursing. I don't see myself in the hospital down the road at all but I want to build on my nursing skillls and apply everything I learned from nursing school and I am positive I want to work on a med/surg or oncology floor early in my career.
Any input would be greatly appreciated..thank you!!
Apr 23, '12
Just be careful not to stay working in a place like a nursing home to long. You get labled as a "long term care" nurse. It's very difficult to get into the hospital later.
My advice is to keep trying for med/surg. I see many jobs in California. You may have to travel or move for awhile but it would be worth it.
If you are not even getting interviews you may want to have someone look over your resume, help you with cover letters. It seems you should be getting some interviews. Your resume just may not be standing out enough to catch someones interest. There are state employment agencies that can help you with that.
When you do interview, I wouldn't tell them you were planning to move on from there, They invest a lot of time and money to train you, and won't hire you if they think you will leave as soon as you get the needed experience. And who knows! You may like hospital nursing!
You would be wise to take any hospital job offered. I know from experience, they hire for other units first from the inside. Also many facilities will cross-train you to other depts. You can also float to other units when they are short staffed.
But first you need to figure out why you are not getting interviews!
best of luck!
Last edit by stargazer88 on Apr 23, '12
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