new grad having extreme difficulty - page 4

So I graduated nursing school with an accelerated BSN from NYU in January. I have a former degree in psychology and some work experience just not in a clinical setting. Its almost august now and I've... Read More

  1. by   EllaBella1
    I'm also originally from the NYC area, moved to the south after nursing school so that I could get a job in the specialty unit of my choice rather than having to scramble for anything I could find. Ended up finding the job I wanted, and they paid me 5K for relocation. Most of my friends who stayed in NY took 6 months- a year to find employment. It's not worth it. If you're dead set on staying in the city, look at hospitals in NJ/CT. I know a few people who got hired as new grads at Yale/New Haven. 2 hour metro north trip from grand central, but you could always suffer through that for a month or two to save up money to move.
  2. by   amzyRN
    Quote from kkmew
    So I graduated nursing school with an accelerated BSN from NYU in January. I have a former degree in psychology and some work experience just not in a clinical setting. Its almost august now and I've gotten no offers from any hospital.

    I can't relocate because lets be honest relocating isn't cheap and requires money. As a new grad I'm living with my parents and applying for jobs.

    My loans are almost due... I'm open to working in any specialty, any shift. Not sure what is going on. I've applied to hospitals in Long Island as well.

    I really need advice on what to do or if anyone has information on who I can contact.
    That is not a valid reason for not relocating. If you had a job lined up I'm sure you could figure out how to pay your rent for a month, no? I had to relocate to the Mid West when I first started because SNFs were too depressing and the worload was too much for the low pay. After the excellent experience I got in the Mid West, I was able to get a series of high paying jobs in CA and am now making well over 100K. Had I stayed in CA this would not be possible and I would be making a fraction of the money stuck in SNFs.
  3. by   ILUVERNSG
    Hi- i would apply for a reciprocal license in New Jersey and take a look at the hospitals in Newark. It's just a short train ride and if you work 12 hr shifts it's a three day work week. Good luck!
  4. by   kkmew
    Thanks everyone I think I'm going to apply for the NJ license. It is close enough to travel from home and back.
  5. by   usateacher
    We're all here for you. We all go through it. Get yourself listed with registries and agencies that provide temp and per diem assignments. You can string those together to get cash flow while your career grows. You will find a good and lasting job. Hang in there!
  6. by   kkmew
    Thanks, are there any agency's that you recommend?
  7. by   Jonesey10
    If you aren't opposed to moving there are places that need nurses more than others and will offer new grads relocation money and bonuses for staying. I had my sites set on places that have tons of nurses and everyone wants to live like NYC, Fl and California. Looking for a job in places like these is very discouraging because they don't really need you. I got a great offer from a very rural hospital without a lot of effort and I have my associates, not a BSN. If you aren't opposed to moving if there is relocation offered, expand your search.
  8. by   ILUVERNSG
    Correct me if I'm wrong here but nursing agencies don't hire nurses without any work experience.
    Even a seasoned nurse must have recent (within one year) experience.
    Agencies want experienced practitioners who can "hit the ground running" with a minimum amt of orientation at whatever facility they send you to.

    I would suggest that you apply to University Hospital or Newark Beth Israel Hospital, both in Newark. Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack. Or my old favorite hospital- St Joseph's in Paterson, NJ. The last two are magnet hospitals.

    I wish you lots of luck, let us know what happens!
  9. by   RNchaANurse
    I love this and am going to take your advice. I'm in the exact same position as kkmew. EXACT! I know at some point something has to happen. Thanks for the laugh and the advice.
  10. by   RNchaANurse
    Quote from chacha82
    Print out a paper with "NO" on it in rows and rows and rows. Every time you get a "No" back, cross one out and do one more application. It may take awhile to get to "Yes" but ANY job goes at this point. Prepare yourself to relocate. After two years you can start looking for the specialty or location you want.
    I love this and am going to take your advice. I'm in the exact same position as kkmew. EXACT! I know at some point something has to happen. Thanks for the laugh and the advice.
  11. by   Nurse Beth
    If you are not getting bites for an interview, the problem is your resume.
    It's tricky to stand out as a new grad in your resume, but it can be done.

    Here's an excerpt from my book (link below):
    Your resume can be your most effective marketing tool or a career obituary. When applicants are sending out multiple resumes and not landing interviews...the culprit is the resume. In this chapter, you will learn how to make your resume stand out. You will learn how to craft a winning resume even when you are new to the field.
    Ashley graduated six months and 42 resumes ago without yet landing a single interview. She was steeped in despair, but with a revamp of her resume, she landed her dream job in a Pediatric acute care unit.
    The problem with Ashley's resume was that it was exactly like the dozens of other new grad resumes that recruiters see every day. She did not know how to make her resume stand out from all the other resumes of equally qualified but inexperienced applicants.
    In fact, Ashley herself thought she wasn't such a great candidate. She was actually a great candidate, but she needed to believe it and for her resume to show it.
    How important is your resume? Extremely.

    • You have roughly 6 seconds to capture their attention
    • It’s often the one and only chance you have to secure an interview
    • There are no do-overs
    • It’s the first impression your potential employer has of you. First impressions are lasting and impactful.


    The clock is ticking for you, as you have approx 1 year of "new grad" status is which to land a job. I hope you will check out the book for helpful, insider tips.

    Here's an onsite article as well: ReVamp Your Resume

    Best wishes
  12. by   Nurse Beth
    [QUOTE=Nurse Beth;9541462]If you are not getting bites for an interview, the problem is your resume.
    It's tricky to stand out as a new grad in your resume, but it can be done.

    Here's an excerpt from my book (link below):

    "Your resume can be your most effective marketing tool or a career obituary. When applicants are sending out multiple resumes and not landing interviews...the culprit is the resume. In this chapter, you will learn how to make your resume stand out. You will learn how to craft a winning resume even when you are new to the field.
    Ashley graduated six months and 42 resumes ago without yet landing a single interview. She was steeped in despair, but with a revamp of her resume, she landed her dream job in a Pediatric acute care unit.
    The problem with Ashley's resume was that it was exactly like the dozens of other new grad resumes that recruiters see every day. She did not know how to make her resume stand out from all the other resumes of equally qualified but inexperienced applicants.
    In fact, Ashley herself thought she wasn't such a great candidate. She was actually a great candidate, but she needed to believe it and for her resume to show it.
    How important is your resume? Extremely.

    • You have roughly 6 seconds to capture their attention
    • It’s often the one and only chance you have to secure an interview
    • There are no do-overs
    • It’s the first impression your potential employer has of you. First impressions are lasting and impactful."


    The clock is ticking for you, as you have approx 1 year of "new grad" status is which to land a job. I hope you will check out the book for helpful, insider tips.

    Here's an onsite article as well: ReVamp Your Resume

    Best wishes in your job search

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