Unemployed & inexperienced New RNs. Vent it out! - page 4
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... Read More
Jan 2, '12The "Who You Know" syndrome is in every industry, not just nursing. It's a fact of life, and we all live by those rules whether we like it or not.
Northern NJ is REALLY rough right now. I've heard UMDNJ hires ADNs and new grads, as well as AtlantiCare in A.C. If you can do NYC (The Bronx, Queens), I've heard some of the less fancy (read: not so great) hospitals are hiring. We just have to be flexible and persistent. GOOD LUCK!!!
Jan 2, '12Well that's what I like about nursing - That there are SO many different options and so many different places we can go, but I think we all have drilled in our heads that we have to start off in a hospital setting. I think that's what makes it even more difficult! What are you opinions on that?
Jan 7, '12Campy, the thing is that even though a lot of us know how broad the nursing field is and may not want to start in JUST a hospital setting - the alternative employers outside of a hospital setting usually create barriers to newer nurses by stating that minimum experience is required. It's a difficult lose-lose situation, unless you can find that small spec of WIN and snag it as quick as possible.
Jan 10, '12I just wanted to say...you will find a job! don't give up!
Believe me when I say I know you probably want to throw rocks at me right now through your computer monitor. I heard it all, too, even from my own mother. From "Why don't you just find ANY job and gain experience while you wait..." to "Don't worry, it'll happen for you soon!"
"don't worry" and "soon" began to encite anger and frustration from the pit of my soul.
I got my license in Jan 2011 and graduated with a BSN in June 2011. After MONTHS of applying and receiving rejection letters, I finally got an offer and will start next month in the NICU at LLU Children's...13 months after becoming licensed to work as an RN in CA. I understand CA, especially Southern CA is the most saturated region but I refused to settle. I would hear news of my classmates all landing their own dream jobs one by one and would wonder what I was doing wrong. BUT I was determined to land my dream job no matter what it took. Between graduating (and losing my financial aid) to now, I worked part time as a secretary hoping to finally gain access on the unit as a nurse. I was rejected from the very hospital that hired me as well as the 13 other hospitals in the area, 4 of which I interviewed for. I went through 2 rounds of new grad applications -6 months apart- for an RN residency in pediatrics...rejection after rejection. It really wears you down...I KNOW. But whatever road you take to get to where you want to be, be optimistic and keep trying. It will only taste that much sweeter when you finally land that coveted job.
GOOD LUCK to everyone out there!!
Jan 11, '12Yeah, I'm in a similar boat.. Been trying to get a position at a local Medical Partnership, at a pediatric clinic. I hope it goes through! I submitted online app, called and informed them that fax was coming in, faxed all the info I already submitted online, except I also was able to attach 3 crucial reference letters this way, and called and left message following up to confirm receipt of fax. I got voicemail the whole time, no one actually answered me, but I'm hoping HR gets back to me. I KNOW they got my information, but getting back to me even to CONFIRM seems to be a huge deal. We'll see what happens!
Jan 23, '12Quote from lilcampy310Well why don't you fill us in?Well that's what I like about nursing - That there are SO many different options and so many different places we can go, but I think we all have drilled in our heads that we have to start off in a hospital setting. I think that's what makes it even more difficult! What are you opinions on that?
Mar 9, '12Quote from rebelgirl#1Hi rebelgirl#1 - I am in AR. I haven't seen anything for new grads on USAJOBS.GOV. However, I realize I am seeing this post very much after the fact.Hello,
Check out USAJOBS.GOV. I am in AR and we are still short 3 nurses at our site. Not too many people want to come to corrections. But is fun and good experience.
Mar 10, '12In all honesty, the best way to get a job is to be in people's face. Go to your local areas of interest, drop of resume's, set up appointments, follow-up yourself, don't wait for responses, and literally bust your way through. It works. What doesn't work is web-sites offering tons of jobs.. They are all an evaluation of general demand and very depersonalized, not to mention the fact that they are up for months at a time, so when the applicant pool is filled they choose the one THEY THINK is best, just judging by paper.. and no prior face:face contact or even a phone conversation.
Mar 14, '12I heard from inside sources that hospitals are not exactly hurting right now. Some in my area have shown record profits, even though they are "non profit" (go figure). What I think is happening and don't quote me on that one, is that they are kind of betting the economy is not going to get better. In order to come up with record profits for the shareholders they look for cuts into everything including nurses benefits, training programs for new nurses, and others. Fine. If the economy keeps getting worse they are doing well because they will be able to grill retiring age nurses until they are 95 or 100; but if they are wrong and the economy is getting better, patients will come in in droves and old nurses and burned out nurses will leave in droves. Bottom line is don't plan getting sick in a few years and have new grad nurses with no experience taking care of you, it might not be good for your health.
Mar 19, '12Has anyone who has posted on this thread recently gotten a job? I would love to hear some good outcomes! It can all be so discouraging! It's easier to stay optimistic when others are in the same situation, and eventually come out with jobs!!
Mar 21, '12Quote from captain byakuyaIt'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 seems like sending to a blackhole (then I learned that most employers are only considering applicants that are referred and just ignore those who aren't). Applied to diff. RN Residencies in diff. states and the competition is really crazy (ex. only <50 available RN positions & 1000+ applicants) and some programs prefer those who graduated recently (which I think is a rubbish idea, talk about equal opportunity). Moreover, it's whom you know.
I graduated last yr, I'm staling, I don't fit as a "new grad" anymore, very expensive RN refresher courses which doesn't guarantee an employment and I don't know where would I get money for that. I used to be this guy who's full of hopes, goal-oriented, productive & motivated, now I'm depressed, frustrated, stressed and broke.
That's my story, what's yours?
I'm in the same boat here, though you could hardly call me "new." I've been looking since 2009 so if anyone thinks their situation is bad, there's always someone out there who has it worse.
A tale of absurdity: I went to apply at Hospital X for their residency program, and the recruiter told me that while they're accepting new grads, their aim is to really fill those spots with experienced RN's for those positions. And I'm left wondering, since when are residency programs for experienced RNs?! We need those spots So needless to say, I wasn't chosen to interview. I always wonder wth is healthcare coming to and if I made the right choice by choosing nursing? My heart tells me yes but my $80,000 debt tells me no
Mar 22, '12I know it is a hard process and depressing to look for a job and get rejections, but keep your hope up everyone.
I graduated on Dec 11 and lived in AZ, I think after CA, it is another state that is not too well for New Grad. So I started to apply out of state at the end of Feb (I got my license the end of Jan and ACLS mid Feb). I spent days and least 10 hours each day to apply for jobs. I got a job in Kentucky finally, but after I got an interview with KY, I got at least 8 calls for interviews that I did not go to. I meant it is a long and difficult process (Wake up in the morning everyday with rejection emails), but eventually something will come up, and when it does, a lot more will come. It is life and the waiting is suck.
Read the recommendations in this forum, open to move and be more assertive.