Unemployed & inexperienced New RNs. Vent it out! - page 9

by captain byakuya 31,989 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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    I too am frustrated at what I feel are lies that I have been fed about nursing shortages. I feel as if I am in an even worse position because I was banking on a particular family of hospitals to hire me upon passing the NCLEX and then once they found out that I passed, it was oh sorry, budget cuts and no positions for new grads. Whaaaaatttttt????? All of the time I spent at these facilities and I could have been networking during my clinicals at other facilities? I felt duped. Now I am a new grad ADN with no other medical/nursing experience and no one wants to hire me. Great. 2 years of nursing school and clinicals out the window because I don't have the cherished BSN.

    I have also picked up a minimum wage job just to make some money and help my family. My spirit is crushed with each rejection email I receive from jobs I apply for and I get increasingly more upset with the organization that I let feed me the "lies".

    So now what are my options? Each day, throughout the day, I check job boards and hospital sites for new postings to apply to. I can apply to an RN-BSN program, but many of those also want you to be able to have access to patients or at least one year acute experience. Yes, there are some programs that don't have those stipulations and I will apply, but in the meantime, I am still a new grad RN without a job who constantly needs to explain to each and every person who asks me why I am not working- there is NOT a nursing shortage, just picky hospitals...

    Good luck to my fellow new grads! This cannot go on for long...
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    I have been visiting allnurses.com since I started my prerequisite classes in 2008. It helped tremendously throughout school although I always lurked and never set up an account. But now, once I saw this thread, I just had to set up an account and join in.

    I graduated in December of 2011 with my ADN. I took the NCLEX in March and got all possible questions.... and didn't pass. I studied and more importantly prepared myself better mentally and took the NCLEX again in June. When the text shut off after only 75 questions I was devastated. Just sure that I had failed. But I soon found out that I had passed and was now a full fledged licence holding Registered Nurse.

    That glow only lasted a few months.

    Backing up a bit... I put out several applications while still in school. I didn't expect much, and only applied to jobs in the hospital where I was taking my last clinical. Most of my classmates did the same, and several got hired before they even graduated. I put out a few more applications when I was close to my first NCLEX exam date, but when I failed I thanked my lucky stars that I hadn't gotten a job. I mean how horrible would it be to lose a job for not passing the NCLEX.

    Once I did get my license I let the flood gates open and applied to job after job after job after job after job. And then the next day rolled around and I started up again. The hospital that I took my clinicals at lists jobs specifically for "Registered Nurse / Graduate Nurse", and I make sure to apply to each and every one of those, figuring it would be the easiest job to get. But I don't limit myself there... I apply to most hospitals in a 100 mile radius. I apply to jobs that 'prefer' several years experience. I apply to jobs that 'request' several years of experience. The only jobs I don't apply to are ones that list a requirement for experience. And even with that restriction, I still am applying to dozens of jobs a week.

    I don't get a response to most applications. Some hospitals list that the job has selected someone else, or that they've closed the job opening (only to open it back up again that same week). One hospital will even send an email to let me know that they've selected someone else. But most don't list anything. Just that I've applied.

    In the four months that I've been applying like it's my job (and I'm getting good at applying!) I have received one phone interview (they must not have looked at my resume as the required 5 years experience. I hadn't even applied to the job!), and one face to face interview. While the interview was fast (done in 15 minutes) I thought that I did well. It was for a fairly undesirable job, and the only applicants were new grads. I walked out of that interview like I was walking on clouds. I was SURE that I nailed it, and that I would be hearing from them yesterday (they would only contact the person selected).

    Needless to say with me posting in this thread, I didn't get the job.

    But I guess what they say is true... misery loves company. I was incredibly disheartened when I didn't get that call. I'm still hurting about it, but after reading this thread and seeing that I'm not alone I feel.... better?

    For the most part, my classmates have moved on to find jobs. I seem to be one of the few (if not the only one) that hasn't began using my license yet. I thought that it must be me. But after reading so many of your stories and nodding along, I realize that I'm not alone.

    So I'll be rooting for all of you to get that job. It's out there. Just don't begrudge me if I try to snag it first!
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    Could this be part of the No New Grads problem ?

    http://www.aha.org/content/12/12sep-bcaeconimpact.pdf

    It could be affecting other healthcare jobs as well.
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    OK I know your pain. I was there only last month. Are you willing or can relocate? If you can you can get a job this week. Rural hospitals are hiring new grads! But only in remote areas of the country so you might need to get off your comfort zone. I know a place in North Dakota that will hire you over the phone. The minute I started searching for these places I got a bunch of calls and replies. You just have to get yourself there...
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    Quote from marcos9999
    OK I know your pain. I was there only last month. Are you willing or can relocate? If you can you can get a job this week. Rural hospitals are hiring new grads! But only in remote areas of the country so you might need to get off your comfort zone. I know a place in North Dakota that will hire you over the phone. The minute I started searching for these places I got a bunch of calls and replies. You just have to get yourself there...
    So are you planing to move to there? And where are you now?
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    Quote from marcos9999
    OK I know your pain. I was there only last month. Are you willing or can relocate? If you can you can get a job this week. Rural hospitals are hiring new grads! But only in remote areas of the country so you might need to get off your comfort zone. I know a place in North Dakota that will hire you over the phone. The minute I started searching for these places I got a bunch of calls and replies. You just have to get yourself there...
    By the way, if you do not find a place for yourself before you go, do not go. It is a huge problem for housing in ND.
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    @marcos9999: Relocation is no problem. Tell me the name of the hospital/s and I will apply/complete a profile today. I am desperate to keep my nursing skills active.
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    Quote from ccalvinn
    For the most part, my classmates have moved on to find jobs. I seem to be one of the few (if not the only one) that hasn't began using my license yet. I thought that it must be me. But after reading so many of your stories and nodding along, I realize that I'm not alone.
    You are definitely not alone! This is exactly what I am going through. My classmates seem to have gotten jobs; some way slower than others, but they are still employed in an RN capacity. And here I am with no RN job, but not for lack of trying. Job hunting is a full-time job; I put in so many hours.

    Perhaps the Powers That Be figured my butt should be in graduate school. That is what I truly believe. Now, I am awaiting the decisions from graduate school.

    Stay positive! You will start your career!
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    It is just so discouraging to see others accept positions and I haven'e even landed an interview! I feel like I am doing something wrong or maybe it's not meant to be and I should seek another career. So upset with the whole situation.
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    You're not doing anything wrong, its a systematic process. I've been applying day in/day out too, networking, career fairs, going to HR, filling out applications, I picked up ACLS, PALS, I was an EMT (volunteer and paid for 3 years), tutored in at the college level, M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, worked as a counselor in a psych ER AND managed the nurses station. I've gotten two interviews (that said no) after countless applications, I even got rejected from VOLUNTEERING at a hospital specifically because I was a new grad RN. The biggest thing people tell me is to be patient. I was talking with a nurse who worked in an ICU for 4 years, and it took her 3 months to find a job. The fact is its just brutal for new grads. As far as seeing peers get jobs, just remember the biggest word in hiring is "capricious" Who knows why some of these people get picked. There was a guy in my nursing program who I was convinced had a lobotomy, I mean this guy had no personality, no facial expressions, a voice like Ben Steins and a hospital I interviewed at hired him into their nurse residency program...Sooner or later the odds have to work in you favor.If it worked for lobotomy boy it will work for us!
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 12, '12
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