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Any foreign graduate nurses in LA without a job?

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hi there. im a foreign graduate nurse who is licensed RN here in CA. I just got here in in LA and im wondering what other certifications will I need to apply for a job? Like ABLS etc... I dont have any US hospital experience yet so I know it'll be hard for me to find a job. Is there any one out there in the same situation as mine? Its hard to adjust being a newcomer in this country and so with finding a job. I really dont know where to start. Any advice will be very much appreciated. Thanks

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Doesn't matter where you graduated from. New grads are having an horrid time finding a job. Sad, but true.

Make sure you get all the certs you can - BLS (obviously), ACLS, PALS (if you are pediatric inclined), EKG etc etc.

Good luck!

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its so upsetting to know that, after all the hardwork in nursing school and the licensure exams, almost no one would want to hire new nurses. how are we going to have working experience in the first place? sigh..

Thanks..

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its so upsetting to know that, after all the hardwork in nursing school and the licensure exams, almost no one would want to hire new nurses. how are we going to have working experience in the first place? sigh..

Thanks..

That's the crux of the problem. Just know you are not alone and there are other forums/social media places to voice your frustration when it seems like the general public does not understand that despite being a (new grad) RN, you cannot find a job.

Best of luck!

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These hospitals and institutions who doesn't seem to appreciate new RN's will might have shortage of quality nurses in the future once the working nurses today came to their retirement. They've been ignoring the new RN's without thinking that these NEW RN'S should be the replacement for the retiring qualified nurses in the future.. its such a disappointment. I hope the government can do something about it so new nurses wont be in such a pitiful situation!

Well anyways Thank you so much for your kind reply. Its good to know I'm not alone. though I'm kind of wishing that all of us (who are unemployed new nurses) are not in this situation right now. Good luck to us and God bless us all!

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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The economy in the US has affected all professions. Older nurses are unable to retire. The stay at home Mom's have had to return to work. Those who have lost their jobs have flocked to to nursing profession because it offer a "guaranteed job" and the "Nursing shortage" assured them there was a position.

There is no nursing shortage and there are no guaranteed jobs. You need to check out this thread....and my response post 97. https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/no-nursing-shortage-752411-page10.html which partially state.....

Experience and Employment: The Vicious Cycle

Now, the bloom, as they say, is off the rose. it seems that many of our new grads are stuck in that perennial dilemma: they can't get a job without experience, and they can't get experience without a job. This situation was not anticipated by thousands of nursing students who were told, often repeatedly, that a global nursing shortage practically guaranteed employment for them.

Consider, for example, the situation faced by new graduates in California. a survey of hospitals by the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care found that as many as 40% of new graduates may not be able to find jobs in california hospitals, because only 65% of the state's potential employers were hiring new graduates and generally planned to hire fewer new graduates than in previous years. overwhelming numbers of new graduates submitted applications for the few available positions for new graduates.

what happened to the jobs?

most experts blame the crumbling economy for ruining the job prospects of new graduate nurses around the country, but as usual these days, the truth is more complex.

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These hospitals and institutions who doesn't seem to appreciate new RN's will might have shortage of quality nurses in the future once the working nurses today came to their retirement. They've been ignoring the new RN's without thinking that these NEW RN'S should be the replacement for the retiring qualified nurses in the future.. its such a disappointment. I hope the government can do something about it so new nurses wont be in such a pitiful situation!

Well anyways Thank you so much for your kind reply. Its good to know I'm not alone. though I'm kind of wishing that all of us (who are unemployed new nurses) are not in this situation right now. Good luck to us and God bless us all!

As mentioned above, there's always an existing high unemployment rate about "new' grads". Mind you in order to qualify as a new grad application in the majority of the hiring process, means one must have graduated within the first year, not the month and year of passing the NCLEX-RN and have zero to less than one year of RN experience (depends on the hospital).

Kabayan, are you only applying into hospital jobs? Are you also trying nursing homes, LTC, SNF, flu clinics, personal care giver? They may be more open to hiring.

There's also an strike against international students and nurses today, there's a recent July, 2012 BBC article that states with discussions from a PH govt. official, that the US labor market "demand" for PH nurses will not be needed to at least the 2020 year, but I think it will go beyond that. Why?

The US is graduating more and more local educated students and nurses, more and more hospitals are preferring to hire those that did their clinicals or hiring more those educated in the States, the graduation nursing will make up for more than the international nurses wanting to get in.

I think the supply of US educated nurses has already or soon will create a higher supply than the amount of international nurses wishing to find a job (more so, a hospital versus the rehab or sub-acute facilities).

Here's the article about the tough US labor market for PH applicants: https://allnurses.com/nurse-registration/us-labor-market-779683.html

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Hospitals are not the only venue for nurses. Try facilities, etc. good luck!

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Thanks for the replies everyone!

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spectrabrite has 1 years experience as a LVN.

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there is not enough jobs for even the US grads, I wish they would stop allowing foreign grads to come over and work these days!

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Silverdragon102 has 31 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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there is not enough jobs for even the US grads, I wish they would stop allowing foreign grads to come over and work these days!

Many foreign nurses have waited for over 6 years to get a immigrant visa however there are many more that get visas via other routes like marriage, family (family wait over 10 years) and those that come over straight on immigrant visas already have a job as that requires a employer to file for

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spectrabrite has 1 years experience as a LVN.

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I have run into so many foreign nurses lately most are all here on work visas. If we sent them all back there would be a lot more jobs for our workers. These people are working and sending the money out of the country hurting our economy 2 fold, whereas a local nurse with a job would spend the money here helping us.

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