New grad in LTC as first job .. Good idea?

  1. I graduated in may 2012 and I still have yet to find a job. I am from Harrisburg pa. I was wondering if I should start applying to nursing homes. Is this good experience?Any other may graduates with no job?
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Realistically speaking, what are your other options in a tough nursing job market? Look at your situation in the following manner:

    1. LTC job = RN pay and RN experience
    2. No job = no pay and no experience

    I suppose you can re-word your question to read, "Is it a good idea to pass up LTC opportunities while waiting for the hospital job that might never happen?"
  4. by   cjr2619
    Hi there! I am applying to nursing school right now and I have been thinking of other options in case I cannot find a job at a hospital when I graduate. One thing I think you might want to look into in plastic surgery. The nurses in Rhodes offices get both OR and PACU experience and it might be an easy transition to a PACU position in a hospital. Just something to think about.
  5. by   cjr2619
    Should have proof read my post lol, damn auto correct! Not Rhodes, those!
  6. by   live2run00
    do they hire new grads? I think plastic surgery offices want OR experience.
    I want to stay in the area I live in now! I could move and work in a hospital but I don't want to do that! I think I will apply to LTC facilities.
    How long does it usually take a new grad to get their first job? I have been out of school for over 4 months!!
  7. by   perioddrama
    Quote from gustia55
    How long does it usually take a new grad to get their first job? I have been out of school for over 4 months!!
    How long does it take? Average of over a year. Someone recently posted on here that she got a job after 2 long years.

    Take what you can get!
  8. by   live2run00
    oh wow that makes me feel better! Would you recommend taking an LTC job or moving for a hospital job?
  9. by   perioddrama
    Quote from gustia55
    I graduated in may 2012 and I still have yet to find a job. I am from Harrisburg pa. I was wondering if I should start applying to nursing homes. Is this good experience?Any other may graduates with no job?
    It's tough to find a hospital job now. It's not impossible, it's just a lot harder than it used to be. Scroll through all the threads/posts about new grads posting about how difficult it is to find a job.

    If you land a hopsital job, great! But apply to LTCs, and other non-hospital places just in case. But money = money (and RN experience = RN experience) like TheCommuter said.
  10. by   live2run00
    Thank you!!! I will deff Start applying to LTC facility and I was thinking of applying I flu clinics too
  11. by   cjr2619
    Quote from gustia55
    do they hire new grads? I think plastic surgery offices want OR experience.
    I want to stay in the area I live in now! I could move and work in a hospital but I don't want to do that! I think I will apply to LTC facilities.
    How long does it usually take a new grad to get their first job? I have been out of school for over 4 months!!
    It all depends on the place, I had a friend who got hired at a plastic surgery office and she was a new grad. She was so happy because she wants to be an OR nurse. This was in Newport news Virginia. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with. I agree with the commuter, any experience is better than none! Good luck and keep us posted
  12. by   live2run00
    Thank you! I look into plastic surgery offices and centers! I will deff keep you posted
  13. by   marcos9999
    I hear that many hospitals do not consider LTC experience nursing experience. I'm in the same boat. I did apply to some LTC's but because the response is also weak I am sticking with the plan of getting a hospital job. One year is all I need so I decided I'll relocate to any place in the U.S. in order to get that first year.
  14. by   live2run00
    Oh really? Wow that is not good! Has anyone else heard that about LTC experience not counting as experience for hospitals ?

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