Any new grads get an "acute care" job with no paid clinical/ work experience? | allnurses

Any new grads get an "acute care" job with no paid clinical/ work experience?

  1. 0 I am dreading graduation and job hunting and feel like I will not find a job when I graduate. I have a lot of non- hospital clinical volunteer experience but nothing paid and nothing in the hospital aside from school and clinicals. I am probably "below average" in my class-- my grades are somewhat high but I am young and my work experience is pretty much non existent. A lot of people in my class have work experience as cnas, pcts, etc. I just have unpaid volunteer experience.Is there anyone like me who got a full time job where they could manage? I say this because someone I know ended up working below her license and living with family because she could not find anything that paid enough to live independently. I need encouragement and hope that nursing was a good idea!!!! I was so excited to be a nurse until the reality of the job market hit me and now I am sad (not that sad, don't worry).
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    I am also willing to work in public health and other things that are not "acute care" as long as I can grow professionally and am paid a comparable wage (food, water, shelter, healthcare).
  4. Visit  ivikatasha profile page
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    I have no healthcare experience at all and I was hired to the top hospital in my state for a med/surg RN position, I did have years of customer service experience though.

    Just see how it goes, I really didn't expect to get hired by them but I must have made a impression.
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    Quote from ivikatasha
    I have no healthcare experience at all and I was hired to the top hospital in my state for a med/surg RN position, I did have years of customer service experience though.Just see how it goes, I really didn't expect to get hired by them but I must have made a impression.
    Oh man I am going to see how it goes for a year after graduation and really really push hard that year and not back down for a good job!!!And by good I mean enough money to survive safely on my own with healthcare in case I get sick and the capacity to grow professionally over the years!
  6. Visit  SlinkyheadRN profile page
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    You're looking at this the wrong way. Most people find jobs within six months. You need to make an impression and network as much as possible while you're in school.
    EatYourVeggies and anon456 like this.
  7. Visit  Nnrlpn profile page
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    Same here but I have about 6 months experience as an cab but none as a lpn.no one wants to hire new lpns. It's ridiculous I have to go back and get my rn.I am living with my mom unemployed and get this at my previous employer as a can they would not hire me as an lpn . They said they didn't have full time positions and if I did part time I would get the experience that I needed. It's all about who to know in nursing.
  8. Visit  Nurse_Diane profile page
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    Start networking NOW. Find professional nursing organizations in your area, attend meetings, think about what you can offer to your future employer, not on what you CAN't offer (ie: experience).

    All the best you you!
    Diane
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    I hope I can! I am going to be really really trying to make an impression and to be politely aggressive for a job.
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    Quote from Nurse_Diane
    Start networking NOW. Find professional nursing organizations in your area, attend meetings, think about what you can offer to your future employer, not on what you CAN't offer (ie: experience).

    All the best you you!
    Diane
    Thank you!
    I will join some organizations and attend conferences if I can

  11. Visit  iPink profile page
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    I was a career changer. No hospital experience (exclusive of my clinicals). Never even volunteered at a hospital. As a GN, you apply everywhere and anywhere. I wanted to stay away from LTC and Med/surg but when you are in need of a job that idea gets thrown completely out the door. I did end up in a GN residency program and work in critical care.

    Network, network, network! Good luck to you.
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  12. Visit  megan9107 profile page
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    Hi, I know job hunting seems scary. My advice is to find a nurse extern job in a hospital that you would like to be at. I nurse externed during my last semester of nursing school and was hired into an RN position before graduation into the Critical Care Unit pending passing boards. I am now an RN and orienting to the unit. I also had virtually no work experience except for my extern position. I am 21 years old, so yep new grads and even babies like me can be hired into a unit following graduation. You just have to start the hunt early. Good luck!
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    Quote from megan9107
    Hi, I know job hunting seems scary. My advice is to find a nurse extern job in a hospital that you would like to be at. I nurse externed during my last semester of nursing school and was hired into an RN position before graduation into the Critical Care Unit pending passing boards. I am now an RN and orienting to the unit. I also had virtually no work experience except for my extern position. I am 21 years old, so yep new grads and even babies like me can be hired into a unit following graduation. You just have to start the hunt early. Good luck!
    hi!
    thank you for your answer?
    is this like a preceptorship?
    i am really going to market myself during mine!
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    Quote from iPink RN
    I was a career changer. No hospital experience (exclusive of my clinicals). Never even volunteered at a hospital. As a GN, you apply everywhere and anywhere. I wanted to stay away from LTC and Med/surg but when you are in need of a job that idea gets thrown completely out the door. I did end up in a GN residency program and work in critical care.

    Network, network, network! Good luck to you.
    Thank you!
    I am so impatient about finding a job. I need to focus on school and the NCLEX first then go after the job part.
    however I am networking every day I can!


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