Unemployed & inexperienced New RNs. Vent it out! - page 2

by captain byakuya 31,994 Views | 107 Comments

It's good to have an outlet you can spill your feelings about finding a job and struggling being unemployed. Got my CA RN license in Jan2011 and trying to land a RN job anywhere. Passed hundreds of applications online which... Read More


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    Great news, I got a job! It took a while but I am very excited. Best wishes to each and everyone of you that are hunting for a job...don't give up hope.
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    Quote from hbestrn
    Great news, I got a job! It took a while but I am very excited. Best wishes to each and everyone of you that are hunting for a job...don't give up hope.
    congratulations!



    And yes, don't give up new grads. Unemployment rates for RN's is very low compared to other professions (around 2% last I checked) so just be persistent.
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    That makes me one very happy preceptee! I'm 96 hours away from graduating!!
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    Quote from magnoliophyte
    congratulations!



    And yes, don't give up new grads. Unemployment rates for RN's is very low compared to other professions (around 2% last I checked) so just be persistent.
    Does that account for just new grads (< 1 yr since graduation w/ no work)? Or new grads + experienced RNs?? Now THAT would be an interesting statistic.
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    My story is pretty similar to the others posted here, except that I *did* get a job... and then was let go after the probationary period ended. My self-esteem is pretty much on the floor at this point. I can't relocate, plus I'm a second-career RN, which means I may be facing age discrimination, too, for all I know. My question is, does anyone know of any support groups specifically for new grad nurses (aside from this virtual one)? I think I might have to make one.
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    I graduated in 05/2010. Even before my NCLEX I have found a job as a summer camp nurse. Two weeks into the camp and number of sleepless nights I had passed my boards and earned the title RN. During that same period relentless pursuit after more permanent job has landed me only one interview and an opportunity to work as correctional nurse!!! Need I say, probably something I never wanted to do but at the same time beggars can't be choosers. I've learned as much as could from that job, even saved a female inmate from dying d/t DKA and moved on to a new job; psych nurse at one of the crisis centers. All along I worked second and third jobs per-diem, mostly nights for hospice and LTC. Learned even more about nursing at each one of them... It was more than a year and four months when I finally landed my dream job on PICU floor in the biggest hospital in my area. I am grateful for the job and the opportunity given to me, but even more for all of the experiences,patients, people and coworkers that helped in the process. My current manager told me, that the most impressive thing about my interview was the fact I mentioned how much I learned from each and every one of my jobs, even the one I didn't like so much, at a jail.
    The bottom line is, do not be afraid to jump on any and every opportunity. New grads can and should learn from every single nursing job. Even those not so "popular."
    And FYI all of you new grads in CA, state prisions and jails are paying anywhere from $7,000 to $8,500 per mo for a nurse (it might go down 4.25%) but it's still a great way to provide and learn a thing or two about nursing. To this day I am receiving 2 or 3 letters a month from them offering me a job... Go get them!!!!
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    I know how it feels too. I graduated in May 2011 so just a few months ago and I hear about a lot of my classmates getting jobs and sometimes I wonder what they're doing different that I'm not doing. I'll admit I did get a nursing position at a nursing home but gave it up after 2 weeks. People may call me crazy, but they weren't willing to give me enough orientation time (yeah cause 3 days of floor orientation is enough time for any new grad (sarcastic)) and for my license and patient safety I let it go. Luckily my old job in retail took me back and thats where I work now, working in retail is better than nothing. I have my bad downer days, but you just gotta keep your head up, smile, and believe in yourself and believe in the fact that one day we will find a job!
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    Here is my vent:

    I wish someone had told me that to be a nurse you have to be born with experience. I feel like nursing school is a scam! I feel like I have been lied to. "Go to college, get an education, it will improve your life, you will make more money!" I worked very hard to get through nursing school. Now here I am 6 months later and I do not have a nursing job.

    My reason for going to nursing school was because I wanted to improve my situation in life and help people. My situation still sucks. I still have the same low paying job, now with student loans added to that.

    I have applied everywhere in my area. I cannot move right now due to financial and family reasons.

    I am sick of:

    1. People acting shocked that I can't get a nursing job and giving me "ideas" like "volunteer" or "try such and such hospital". I can't volunteer because I have to work a job to have an income. I have tried "such and such hospital" and every other place within 50 miles of my apartment!

    2. People saying "keep trying! it will happen!" ****, I am trying and I do not need your empty promises!
    HelenRN88, ctrn3478, NursieNurseLPN, and 8 others like this.
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    Hello,

    Check out USAJOBS.GOV. I am in AR and we are still short 3 nurses at our site. Not too many people want to come to corrections. But is fun and good experience.
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    In my area, all the nursing jobs on USAJOBS.gov require 1-5 years experience.


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