IS IT ME????? - page 2

by Dee_RN

I have been out of school since Aug 2010, and I have yet to find a hospital job. I don't know what to do :confused:?? I have filled out numerous applications, I have called every nurse recruiter, and HR department and still I am... Read More


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    It's all of Ohio, and many other places around the country. Nursing schools are saturated. The applicant pools of nurses, especially new grads, is saturated. And, the part that sux the most is, you are really considered a 'new grad', until you have at least 6 months hospital or other acute setting experience. The Cincinnati area is turning out so many new nurses and one of the facilities I worked for has completely put a hiring freeze on new grads.

    An, just as an aside, IMO, magnet status is the biggest load of junk! It's all about the money. The ANCC (who grants magnet status) has percentages that they want maintained in order for a facility to qualify and re-qualify including a certain number of BSNs and a certain number of nurses who get certified (critical care cert, med/surg cert, etc.) and all of the certifications are through the ANCC!!! So, it's like saying "if you send 200 of your nurses to get certified through us at $230 per cert, we will give you a special piece of paper saying your a magnet organization". They are getting money for the magnet status application process and hospitals waste all the money on "Magnet Journeys", the nursing staffs at these places seem more unhappy compared to other places during this process, and most patients and their families have no clue what a magnet facility even is!

    Sorry for the rant, and I do wish you the best of luck in finding a job. And I know that this is easier said than done, but you may have to look outside of Ohio.
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    Ditto to everything above, the “Nursing Shortage” is a big lie promulgated by nursing school who release false or misleading studies on a future short fall in nurses. Anybody can predict something in the future and by the time the future comes, everybody forgets about the prediction that was wrong. Why? Well of course, they have a new study stating the same prediction. The result is, seats are filled and tuition is paid- professors get tenure.

    The abundance of nurses also plays in to the hands of the hospital who want to drive nurse’s pay down. Five years ago, some nurses were getting $5,000 sign-on bonuses, now those same nurses are lucky to get job with an increased patient load. Gee, I bet your professors never mention that when they filled your head with mush about making a difference like Nurse Nightingale. Nor did they mention the long hours on end standing on your feet, working nights, weekends, holidays as a matter of routine-hoping that 50 year old nurse on day shift who has 20 years seniority will die, working with disease and associate putrid smells and all sort of body fluids, patients and their visitors who think you are a waitress at a pop stand and having to deal with death……………………Why didn’t I become a teacher, at least they get to retire after 30 years.

    I am sorry that I can’t offer the OP any advice other than what has been already stated- even that will not guarantee a job. Hopefully, those in school that are thinking about nursing- take heed of these posts about no jobs at this state forum and others before you make a commitment to a vocation where there are more graduates than openings. We have been posting about this for three years and nursing schools are still pumping out more nurse with no end in sight and stagnant wages
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    To those who are new grads looking for jobs, ever consider clinic or physician office position?
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    THANK YOU GOD!!!!!! So finally after MONTHS of applying I finally received a job off at a hospital . I can say from my experience NEVER stop applying, because no matter how many NO's you get all you need is for that one person to say YES. Take advantage of this website because there are so many good post and ideas for you to learn and gain on how to interview, create a resume and much more. To all the AAS, ADN nurses don't give up hope, the hospitals love us too lol!!!
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    Congratulations Dee!
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    Quote from snickers21
    Congratulations Dee!
    THANK YOU!!!
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    Quote from Dee_RN
    I truly believe it is not what you know, but who you know to get into any hospital.

    This is absolutely true - especially in a tight job market! Two of us got laid off and within 3 weeks the other person had a good hospital job because the manager is her friend. I'm still unemployed 3 months later because I don't know anyone in a hospital, despite having had 5 interviews in my specialty area.

    P.S. The other person asked this manager if she had another position for me and, of course, she does not.
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    The state of our economy has made all employers skittish about adding to their workforce. Networking is crucial. You must make yourself stand out from the crowd. Consider volunteering where you want to work, that way you will get to know people on the inside who may be willing to hand your resume to the hiring managers. Join a professional organization, attend their meetings and get to know/talk to people who are in the know about job openings before they are posted externally. The old way of looking for a job just does not work today, it really is about connections and people skills. You probably will not get your dream job right away, but take anything to get your foot in the door.

    Finally, try not to appear desperate. I know how frustrating a job search can be, but having a good attitude is key. If you land an interview, write a thank you note, even if you don't get the job. Ask for feedback on how you can improve. Talk to hiring managers and ask what qualities they are seeking in a nurse. It may take a while, but your persistence will pay off, don't give up!

    Best of luck to you.
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    Dee-

    I just read this thread, and your new job offer gives me hope that I will eventually find my first job too....

    I have my BSN and I have been searching alllll over Ohio for an RN position (yes, I have even applied for LTC, home health, etc). After three months, 350+ applications, and only one interview opportunity- I was on the verge of giving up !!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway, thank you for the inspiration- and congrats!
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    I once lived in an area that had several nursing schools, and I mean several, pumping out new nurses on a regular basis. And we are not even addressing the other factors in that particular job market. When it became impossible to find work in spite of years of experience, I moved to a different area, and immediately found two jobs. But now that particular area is saturated. If you are willing to relocate, you can find work. Then, after the job market changes, you might be able to return to, or find, the area where you really want to stay.


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