New grad please help!

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    Ok I posted all over these forums and sub forums and I am getting discouraged and restless, emotionally tired and just plain stressed out!

    I am a new turning rapidly old graduate nurse (2010), I am running out of gas and getting so tired of all the no thank you replies and false hope interviews. I just thought about volunteer nursing and how much good it can really do for me.

    Now I searched and found a couple of threads telling posters to try health dept, clinics, hospice...

    Also, just texting with a good buddy from nursing school she suggested shadowing home care/private duty nurses. She said this was actually recommended to her by another home care company. So you guys think this would be beneficial?

    And I have a love for perioperative nursing, but know how difficult and rightfully so, it is for new grads right off the boat to get in. So I was thinging would it be wise to call up ambulatory surgical centers and see if I can shadow there, or would I just be a big inconvenience?
    What other ideas do you guys have in mind?

    What are sone of your experiences with the aforementioned options.


    please help!
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    Take heart many new graduates are in your position, with hospitals trying to cut budgets many new grad programs are eliminated. Be careful getting into home health it will make you less marketable and most nurses find themselves getting stuck in that sector. Go with your passion, yes try to get into those ambulatory centers! Let them get to know you and perhaps you will get a heads up on an available position.
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    I am a new grad too and feel your pain. I am working as a volunteer RN at a Military Treatment Facility right now through a partnership with the American Red Cross. I am able to operate fully within my scope of practice and I am getting acute care experience. I am not getting paid, per se, but the facility is going to allow me to participate in professional development alongside their active duty nurses and civilian nurses, which means that in the next few weeks I will get ACLS and NRP for ZERO out-of-pocket. And did I mention I am getting acute care experience?!
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    Actually I just got a job but its upstate.
    But I will let a good buddy know about this who is having a real hard time.

    That's really cool though!!! wow!! Where is the military treatment center is relation to where you live? Did you have to travel far?

    And by military treatment center do you mean, like VA hospital or nursing home or clinics?
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    I actually looked everything up and I finally found out about it.
    The American red cross is a cool opportunity if anything even happens with me I would go do it.
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    Quote from bjorklover
    Actually I just got a job but its upstate.
    But I will let a good buddy know about this who is having a real hard time.

    That's really cool though!!! wow!! Where is the military treatment center is relation to where you live? Did you have to travel far?

    And by military treatment center do you mean, like VA hospital or nursing home or clinics?
    CONGRATS on the job!!!

    Military Treatment Facility (MTF) refers to the hospital and associated clinics on a military post which provide care primarily to active duty servicemembers and their dependents. In my case, my husband is active duty, so we live on post. I could literally walk to the hospital here on post in about 15 minutes. I opt to drive which takes me about five minutes.
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    How exciting!! I would so appreciate it if you would private message me specific details because I live in SC too and would love to find out more about participating in something like this!

    Hope to hear from you!
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    When you serve in this type of volunteer RN position, who pays for malpractice insurance?
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    Quote from lillypad274
    When you serve in this type of volunteer RN position, who pays for malpractice insurance?
    Generally, the new grad is responsible for their own insurance.
    It's rather inexpensive especially since the two major carriers offer discounts up to 50% off premiums for the first year after graduation. It's always better to have your own this way someone is paid to be on your side if needed.
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    Who are the two major insurance carriers?


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