Where are new grads being hired right now?

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    I would like to get an idea of whats happening with new grads across the country. Where are new grads actually being hired? What are the stats on the new grad programs (how many apply for how many postions, etc.) Please share what you know about your state/region on the new grad outlook.
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    I'll start. I live in Sacramento, California. I went to school in the San Diego area. The outlook in CA is bleek. Stanford medical center-600+ applicants for 15 spots. UC Davis 600-700 applicants for roughly 10 spots. With those odds..who knows. Its definitely hard here in California.
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    Down in SoCal, UCLA had almost 2000 last time and not a handful of spots. Same with USC almost 2000 applicants. The other smaller hospitals get several hundreds of applicants for less than 10 spots total for all departments.

    Absolutely brutal from NoCal to SoCal.
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    I am in TN and was able to get a job at my first choice hospital about a week after I graduated (I start orientation Monday). I know two other classmates were hired as well, although they were already employed as CNAs. I was not a CNA first and was still able to get a job, and another classmate of mine who was not a CNA has an interview at this same hospital. It is tight in TN but not nearly as bad as some areas.
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    Tennessee, Arkansas and some parts of Texas. East and West Coast are rough.
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    i am in NW Louisiana and I got a job at my first choice hospital. I was also given the option of which floor and which shift. However, I went to nursing school in south Louisiana (New Orleans) where only 4 or 5 of my graduating classmates out of 27, have been able to secure jobs (we graduated at the end of June). I dont believe any of them had many options as far as what hospital or what floor. Down there it seems like you take what you can get.
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    I graduated May of 2012 in Norcal. Of my cohort of 85, there are 12 of us with jobs so far. Three are out of state. Of the other 9, all are in acute-care hospitals, one in LTC... all over the state. CA in general is pretty bleak, and the SF Bay Area is worse than Socal.
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    Columbus Ohio. No new grads. Everyone wants experience.

    If you live in Columbus and know somewhere that is hiring new grads, pray tell.
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    Quote from peanutsauce
    I graduated May of 2012 in Norcal. Of my cohort of 85, there are 12 of us with jobs so far. Three are out of state. Of the other 9, all are in acute-care hospitals, one in LTC... all over the state. CA in general is pretty bleak, and the SF Bay Area is worse than Socal.
    Norcal, cohort of 25 graduates this may, 7 with jobs, locals are 3 acute-care, 1 ltc. 3 moving out of state, all to acute-care.

    6 got jobs via a connection, 1 on his own.
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    I spoke with the coordinator of the nurse residency program at UC Davis in Sacramento. She said that they received thousands of applications for their program last year and presently only have 10 seats in their upcoming program. She expected the program to close within a few hours of opening due to the deluge of applications and advised applicants check the website every day until it posts.

    I've heard similar stories from other hospitals in the area. New grads are being hired but at a ratio of about 1:100 compared to applicants and graduates.


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