Finding a peds job as a new graduate

  1. 0 Hey there,

    I'm graduating in 36 days!

    Things sure have changed since I started down this road two years ago, hiring bonuses and nursing shortages. I'm in the SF Bay Area, and there are practically NO jobs for new grads right now. And for someone committed to pediatrics, like me, the pickings are even slimmer. I had been hoping to stay here in the Bay Area and work at Children's Hospital Oakland, but think I need to be open to moving in order to get a job in peds. So I'm looking for some advice from y'all!

    What is the best way to get a job out of area? I've been around a while, and know it's all about networking, which is hard to do when the jobs are in Texas and WDC! Any other great job-finding ideas? And of course, if you know of any hospitals hiring new grads for pediatrics, let me know!

    Thank you!
    Rob
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  2. Visit  MachoNurse profile page

    About MachoNurse

    MachoNurse has '2' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Pediatric ER nursing'. From 'Alexandria, VA'; 52 Years Old; Joined Jan '08; Posts: 26; Likes: 176.

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  3. Visit  HRM672 profile page
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    Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta still hires new grads. It's a great place to work. A bit far from you, but thought I'd let you know!
  4. Visit  mcs1505 profile page
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    So does Cincinnati Childrens in Ohio: they offered me a job in the ER as soon as I pass NCLEX.
    I came from Florida to get it. I just kept calling and asking what I needed to do. Then I traveled up there to interview.
  5. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    So how is the job hunt going? I'm kind of curious because I'm looking into peds myself.

    !Chris
  6. Visit  mcs1505 profile page
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    Quote from cjcsoon2brn
    So how is the job hunt going? I'm kind of curious because I'm looking into peds myself.

    !Chris
    Yes, Keep us posted
  7. Visit  nkara profile page
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    The childrens hospital I work at in RI hires their Pedi nurses as float nurses.. so you are only guaranteed 8 hours a week. But at least you can get the experience and have the opportunity to post for a perm position is one opens up.
  8. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    Quote from nkara
    The childrens hospital I work at in RI hires their Pedi nurses as float nurses.. so you are only guaranteed 8 hours a week. But at least you can get the experience and have the opportunity to post for a perm position is one opens up.
    Are you talking about Hasbro? I work for Lifespan at RI hospital and when I graduate I am looking for a position in Hasbro so that's why I am asking.

    !Chris
  9. Visit  nkara profile page
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    Correct - Hasbro. They hire new grads on the float pool. So you can schedule for 40 hours a week but only get 8 hours. I've heard that it doesn't happen all the time. It is a good learning experience since you are floated to all floors except ICU and the ED.
  10. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    Quote from nkara
    Correct - Hasbro. They hire new grads on the float pool. So you can schedule for 40 hours a week but only get 8 hours. I've heard that it doesn't happen all the time. It is a good learning experience since you are floated to all floors except ICU and the ED.
    Now did you look into the critical care internship that they offer new grad nurses? I ask because I notice on the list of departments are the Peds. ICU and the Peds. ER on the CCI webpage.

    !Chris
  11. Visit  nkara profile page
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    I didn't actually. I only know this by working on the pedi side. I started on the adult side and they do hire new grads for the med/surg floors. But working with the kids is so much better. :wink2:
  12. Visit  deliverator profile page
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    I'm a new grad as of Dec 2008. I really want to work in peds but the pickings are slim in the LA/Orange County area. I interviewed at CHOC for a CVICU RN Residency position, but I was competing with 99 other people for 2 spots, so yeah, it's tough out there.

    Are they trying to get more male nurses into pediatric nursing?

    It looks like I'm going to have to take a job at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach. It's a government job, great benefits, set for life kind of job, but no possibility of getting into pediatrics with the VA.

    How hard is it to transfer from Adult to Pediatric nursing? Will I have to compete with new grads with zero experience on the same level if I have 2+ years experience of adult med-surg/icu?
  13. Visit  nkara profile page
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    I have years to go before I get my license but I know that when I do I want to be in pedi or l&d so if I have to move I'm prepared to move.
  14. Visit  iRN86 profile page
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    gosh..i'm in NJ and I really really want to get into peds. thats the only place i know if i get in i'll give my all 100%. i love love love peds. I'm a may 09 grad and i'm becoming miserable. I just dont want to jump at any job because i'm afraid i might end up getting fired because of lack of interest. this already happened at a nursing home job i lost after a month because i was getting bored. please any nj nurses working in peds help. I also applied for a PA and NY license. i'm willing to drive the distance JUST to get into peds.


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