Unemployed & inexperienced New RNs. Vent it out! - page 3

by captain byakuya

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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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    KATRN78- I know exactly how you feel. It has taken my 6 months to find a job, many much longer. I was tired of everyone's suggestions and pity. I felt like no one understood, searching fora new grad position is NOT like any other job hunting I have done. But from one new grad to another, if you get so discouraged that you give up, obviously your not going to find a job.

    Although you are not asking my advice here is what I did:

    Call your local hospitals...all of them. Ask about their new grad programs. They usually open them 2x a year, in May/June and December/January. Find out when theirs starts.

    1.) After you apply, call and let them know that you applied and are checking on the status of your application. Find out when they expect to start interviewing and such.

    2.) Follow-up! Many places aren't as good about following up. The job I just got, I called 3 times before I heard back...and the craziest part was that I receive an automated rejection letter one night but then got a call for an interview the next day.

    3.) During the interview, try to start a side conversation with the interviewer. I have read that this helps and I saw that my interview have young children (as do I) so we struck up a conversation about them that really relaxed things.

    4.) Send a thank you card after you interview. I did.

    I need to note that two weeks prior I had a phone interview with a different hospital under the same umbrella as my current. I did not send a thank you or have a side conversation but I thought the interview went REALLY well. However, I did not get the job.

    I know how frustrating it is...even my husband was trying to find jobs for me as if the pressure of everyone else (and from myself) wasn't enough. I know he meant well. But I was ready to throw in the towel and find something else.

    I should also tell you that I did a lot of praying. This is the hospital I really wanted to be at. I believe that God's timing is perfect and he was keeping me available for this opportunity. Though it was challenging to keep that mindset while I was in the midst of it all.

    Either way, best wishes on your job hunt.
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    Luck and whom you know.

    God forbid you take your school's advice and not work during school. (This was hammered repeatedly into our brains. If you work, you'll fail out of school.) You're totally out of luck if you do that. The only way to quickly acquire an acute care job is by working as a CNA/extern/whatever.

    Got my first job in pediatric home health. Talked to a few of my peers and this was the agency that will "hire anyone!" (They did, obviously.) I maxed out at 18/hr with no bennies but at least I was working and they gave me all the overtime I wanted. Fell into my (hopefully!) current acute care job by playing up my home health experience. Could I deal with crazy? Yes, yes I can deal with crazy IN BUCKETS.

    Unfortunately the ---) 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.
    is relevant to most fields of study these days. I've heard people talk about the nursing bubble in the same way that they talk about the housing or tech bubbles. And I believe it.

    What sucks is that the media feeds you the belief that there is a drastic nursing shortage, that nursing is recession proof, etc. (Hubby's an aerospace engineer and as he likes to remind me, at least they can't outsource nurses. lol.)
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    Just want to vent this out. I'm a BSN grad got my license July '11. No experience. I'm from CA. So I tried looking there for 2 months, sent out hundreds of resume but ended up nothing because of their minimum experience requisites. So I moved to Houston,TX last september trying my chance that they will hire new grads like me with no experience.. Sent out hundreds of resumes. Went into their interviews. Our conversation I believe it REALLY went well. Answered all their questions with confidence. I always ask them if they train new nurses like me and they said YES and all of them have their own training facility. Some of them would say that they prefer new nurses because they are more obedient and we are very willing and disciplined, unlike experienced ones who already has an attitude of their own. So it gave me a heads up that I have a good chance to be hired from what they've said. But after a week to follow up on them, they'll say that they just wanted an experienced one. Its just so sad whats happening for new grads like me. Im 5mos unemployed. I dnt know wats left out there. They keep saying that its better to start with a preceptor in the hospital to gain experience. But im just losing hope. I just dnt understand the idea on how you will get an experience if no one will hire you. I just hope that the hiring managers would look on what the nurse can offer. We graduated to an accredited nursing school. Its not easy to pass licensure exams. I dont know if I can still believe that going to college will give you job security in the future. So if you're a hiring manager reading this, if you require experienced nurses you might want to take a look at a bigger picture. How can a new nurse will get an experience if you dont hire them??
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    I am in the same boat as most of you RNs in this post. Graduated BSN in Sept from a 2nd degree accelerated program, licensed early Nov. Applied to every hospital I could find in the area. Nothing back! Not even a single interview! I call them and email them. I even got a machine once from a hospital I called (it didn't allow me to press a button for a representative)! No experience and most WANT experience! I cannot relocate because of financial reasons.
    I saw that a few of you got a job in correctional nursing as a first job... maybe I will try that route however it worries me as I am a small/short woman... haha rant/vent end.
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    Just wanted to share that at my orientation on Monday, the hospital said they get between 14,000-30,000 applications a month! I am not sure if that is the case for most hospitals (this one has roughly 1,000 beds). This helped to put things into perspective a bit for me.
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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    (Hubby's an aerospace engineer and as he likes to remind me, at least they can't outsource nurses. lol.)

    LOL, oh but they do.
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    I had a horrible time finding employment. I graduated with my BSN in May of 2011 and passed boards in June. I applied everywhere (it is like sending them to a black hole). Some places you get the email back from and some you never hear from again. And why is it so hard to get in touch with a Nurse Recruiter for the hospitals. Its like you send email after email and leave message after message and yet they never get back to you. So annoying. Anyways it is 6 months later and I finally received an offer back from a hospital I really wanted to work for (because of their extensive ER Nurse Residency Program) and was super excited to say yes hire me...lol. I went into nursing to help others I just didn't think it would be so hard to find employment.. OK I am done ranting!!
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    R.Williams: CONGRATS!!! So what did you do in those 6 months ? I have a feeling I might need to find something to occupy myself with for some time...
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    Quote from DreamNurseRN
    LOL, oh but they do.
    I've heard stories that hospitals are still bringing in Asian nurses on worker visas because they don't have to pay them as much -- but being fairly knowledgeable about visas in general (hubby is Canadian), I really don't think that's actually possible. I suppose they could bring over experienced nurses and pay them at entry level wages even though they don't need the extensive training that an actual entry level nurse needs. I do know that many of the community hospitals in the area hire the bulk of their nurses on a PRN basis to keep from having to pay for bennies, overtime, etc.

    I just told my husband that hospitals these days hire fewer nurses to do the same or, usually, even more of the work that several nurses would have done before.
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    Me: "Hmm follow up? Ok, I will try that again."

    Called hospital, nicely asked about the status of my application.

    HR Receptionist::covers phone and talks to coworker:: "another new grad nurse calling to bug us about the status of their application."

    Me: "So sorry I am bugging you! How do I get a job at your facility, it seems very professional there?"
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