Quote from pnlu007
question to you guys who are about to graduate...i am prolly starting linfield absn this june...but was wondering...
for those in linfield's absn graduating this year...i've done some research and see some hospitals around the country are ramping up there new grad rn residency programs this year...however deadlines are around this time with starts in august...are you guys finding that you are not applying to any programs then? and waiting to next year? what are your plans for this? it seems important because the bigger time hospitals appear to be doing residency programs for new grads to be hired, but if they are only having one start a year...then those graduating in august appear to be screwed...i suppose if the economy picks up even more, they can have more starts, but as of now it looks like august...what are you soon to be grads doing about this? is the school giving any advice?
i wish i had really great & positive feedback and advice, but unfortunately i don't. i graduated from linfield's accelerated program last december and still don't have any great job prospects. i'd say the majority of my classmates are in the same boat. however, i expect that the economy will pick up a little bit by the time you graduate.
as far as your residency program information, i'm not sure where you got the idea that most programs only have one start per year. most here in oregon have at least two, but it really depends on the current economy. this year is an exception because the economy tanked here in pdx due to hospital layoffs at the beginning of the year. for example, legacy often has historically started training their versant recruits in february and june/july... however, this year they only hired a couple of people at the beginning of the year and their start date was pushed back to the end of march/beginning of april, which is why the next batch of recruits won't start until the end of august. salem hired on time... their new grads began working in february, but they haven't announced whether they're going to have another residency this summer (they usually do, but as i previously mentioned, the economy stinks right now).
as far as graduating in august, you'll probably be lucky to begin working within 3-4 months, so waiting for the residency programs which typically start at the beginning of the year (legacy & salem) shouldn't be too bad.
i haven't looked much at other programs across the country because i don't have the luxury of being able to move since my husband's job is located here and we have a house, kids in school, etc. but, from what i have seen, they typically have residencies which start a couple of times throughout the year, as well. the problem that you'll run into as you apply for the residency programs, particularly legacy and other versant programs, is that they have applicants who are applying from across the nation. i wouldn't be surprised if this upcoming round of legacy's versant program has over 1000 or even 1500 applicants... and probably only for 30-35ish positions - based upon their past recruitment amounts, the current economy, and all of the new grads entering the market. i think they had over 700 last december and that is during the downtime when the market isn't as flooded with new grads. salem is a better bet for linfield grads - they hire quite a few... but typically only those who can move to the salem area. word on the street is that they don't want recruits who commute from portland and will jump ship once their 2 year commitment is up. understandable, but a little frustrating for those of us who can't move away from pdx since it's difficult to even land an interview letalone a job in the city and surrounding suburbs. (i've applied to over 50 jobs and only had one call back for an interview in the past 3 months.)
actually, rather than focus on residency programs, i highly recommend that you work at the va while you're in school. they have positions for student nurses and all of my classmates who worked there during school received job offers. it's your best bet at landing a job in this economy.