New Grad, New Low

  1. Just to give everyone a little sense of how bad the job market is for new grads, I have some humerus news (get it?). I graduated in May, passed NCLEX in June, and have been looking for a job since, had a couple interviews, nada. So I decided to try and volunteer at a hospital with the hopes that I could get to know the staff and help my chances. I get an email this morning REJECTING ME FROM VOLUNTEERING BECAUSE I'M A NEW GRAD NURSE!!!!!! HA!!!!!

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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Meriwhen
    That's just...wow. Unbelievable. Rejecting a warm body from volunteering?

    The only two things I can think of that would make them do that is a liability issue (they don't want to risk having you do nursing things when you're not specifically hired as a nurse), and/or they had a very bad experience with a prior new grad volunteer and don't want to risk a repeat. Perhaps they had new grad volunteers in the past that were more interested in trying to score jobs than in helping out.
  4. by   not.done.yet
    Or they are just plain inundated with volunteers and have to start weeding out somewhere.
  5. by   marcos9999
    Yes I'm no stranger to these news. In order for me to get a volunteering job at a county hospital in Oakland CA I had to wait 6 months in probation then after two interviews I was finally let volunteer in the ER. Worked there for 8 months and still didn't get a job when it was posted, there were 1044 applicants for 4 positions and unfortunately I am not perfect.
  6. by   FLmed
    It's definitely tough out there for new grads. I know in my area, most hospitals will only hire new RNs if they have BSN.
  7. by   ExPharmaGirl
    Quote from Meriwhen
    That's just...wow. Unbelievable. Rejecting a warm body from volunteering?The only two things I can think of that would make them do that is a liability issue (they don't want to risk having you do nursing things when you're not specifically hired as a nurse), and/or they had a very bad experience with a prior new grad volunteer and don't want to risk a repeat. Perhaps they had new grad volunteers in the past that were more interested in trying to score jobs than in helping out.
    A local hospital wouldn't let me volunteer as a student when I was in school because they thought I wouldn't have enough time. Go figure.
  8. by   CherylRNBSN
    Now that's just Big Ridic.

    FYI: I volunteered at a hospice while waiting for an acute care position to open up. They later encouraged me to apply. Maybe you could look into that? I enjoyed it.

    Good luck, don't let it get you down!

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