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- Jan 23, '12 by Jaimie.RNBrand new grad here, very little experience, very long time looking for work, only job I could get was in LTC with 45-50 patients ALONE on 12 hour nights for 23 an hour and only 7 shifts orientation. It sucks being a nurse today.
- Jan 23, '12 by lmhendersonrnIt sucks being a new grad, not being a nurse! (I'm sure that's what you meant)
- Jan 23, '12 by Jaimie.RNYeah, that is what I meant, except for that we're supposed to tell the patients we have time and can sit and talk and listen and do anything they need, but really, I have no time for them. Understaffing is unfair to everyone.
- Jan 24, '12 by CT6687Hi! I just graduated in December as a new grad, passed NCLEX and received two job offers. I got my foot in the door by starting to volunteer 8 months prior to graduating then applied to their student nurse externship position. The interviewer said that one of the reasons she hired me was that I was willing to put in time as an investment to the hospital and now they will invest in me. After working diligently in the externship two job offers have been put forth. Moral of the story: Invest in a hospital. No hospital or nursing program owes anyone anything. Make the commitment yourself and drive your own future. My first day of nursing school the instructor told us that there was a lie that there was a nursing shortage and I strategized and networked every day after.
- Jan 24, '12 by tigerbloodRNQuote from lmhendersonrnyou only had 300 hours? i had like 850+ hours coming out of an accelerated bsn program...i agree with most of what you're saying however, it's not clinical experience as in nursing school clinical experience, i have over 300 hours of "student nurse" clinical experience in my program. it's one year of clinical experience as a licensed registered nurse.
i'll agree with you, we were fed a bunch of bs! my fellow students and i were told that the class had 100% job placement and tuition reimbursement, etc, etc. it sounded really nice, so i jumped! but i realized very quickly talking to other nurses on my clinical floors that these claims were not true and it wasn't going to be that easy to get in the hospital. i started networking and pulling every lead i could. i worked my butt off in clinical (i'm sure you did too) and my preceptorship before graduating, every time i walked on the floor it was an interview.
i'd agree, you might have to put some time in at a hospital volunteering, doing anything, call you mother's best friend's cousin's brother who works on a unit. (i'm serious, you have to jump through the hoops for a job now a days) i received an offer from the floor i precepted on and in an icu that i had a contact in...these were the only two that even bothered to call me back at all. everyone else snubbed me, i didn't even get a chance to speak with anyone most of the time.
i know its hard, but keep your head up, you'll find something that is a perfect fit for you!
- Jan 24, '12 by chucksterQuote from tigerbloodrnthat's a lot of clinical hours - the equivalent of a full-time job for six months!
you only had 300 hours? i had like 850+ hours coming out of an accelerated bsn program...
i would think that level of clinical time is unusual though. my eve/weekend adn program had about 450 clinical hours (roughly 16 hrs per week).
- Jan 24, '12 by chucksterQuote from tigerbloodRN<br><font color="#222222"><span style="font-family: Times;"><br>
You only had 300 hours? I had like 850+ hours coming out of an Accelerated BSN program...</span></font>
That's a lot of clinical hours - the equivalent of a full-time job for six months!<br>
I would think that level of clinical time is unusual though. My eve/weekend ADN program had only about 450 clinical hours (roughly 16 hrs per week).
- Jan 25, '12 by NICU<3RNMy program had 1,215 clinical hours. I still can't find a job.. though I do work PRN for someone.. I hardly get hours and am struggling financially.. I am too looking for a ft job and have applied to at least a thousand now..
Quote from chucksterThat's a lot of clinical hours - the equivalent of a full-time job for six months!
I would think that level of clinical time is unusual though. My eve/weekend ADN program had about 450 clinical hours (roughly 16 hrs per week).
- Jan 26, '12 by lmhendersonrnI should have been more clear, my last semester senior practicum was over 300 clinical hours...not my program.
- Jan 26, '12 by lmhendersonrnI should have been more clear, my last semester senior practicum course was over 300 clinical hours...not my program.