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Average time for new grad to be hired

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Hello all,

I'm a newbie that graduated from nursing school back in May 2007 and passed my NCLEX in Aug. 2007. Due to personal matter, I didn't start looking until now. I only started applying this past week to 7 hospitals and so far I receive no response from any hospitals. So, I'm just wondering how long should I wait for any hospital to reply. What is the average time frame I should wait for a respond. I'm afraid that no hospital wants NEW GRAD anymore, do you think that's true. When should I start to panic?

Thanx!

Chloe'sinNYNow

Specializes in Did the job hop, now in MS. Not Bad!!!!!.

Hey Sammi,

not sure if you're in upstate NY or the city area, but a week isn't time to panic. It's a time to follow up w/ phone calls to every place you applied. You want to "check the status of your application" when you call.

Being a new grad DOES make it difficult to find a job. Which is why you have to pull out all your guns to show them how much you learned in clinicals, externships, etc...NM's know that you don't learn the technical skills in school. That's not going to be your selling point. And you have a lot more to choose from in a hospital setting. Don't limit your chances by settling for only one specialty. Sometimes, working in a more generalized setting like med/surg will get your foot in the door, and when an opportunity presents, you can apply from within. ALL hospitals will take from within before looking to other applicants.

Hope this helps. It's a weekend, so don't stress now. On Monday start those phone calls. And get yourself some interviews. Then remember to send a Thank You note!!

Keep us posted. And good luck!!

Chloe

:nurse:

RN-BSN, BA

Think positive. Where are you applying? Some hospitals are hard to get into. NUMC is a REALLLLLLLLLLY good hospital, and they never have any openings. The hospital I worked it had a nurse who didnt pass her NCLEX working there for at least 6 months.

Hang in there, Im sure something will pop up.

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Start to panic when you applied to 20 hospitals and havent heard from one.

nyforlove

Specializes in ICU, Cardiac Cath/EPS Labs.

NUMC is a REALLLLLLLLLLY good hospital, and they never have any openings.

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What is "NUMC hospital"? I s it in NYC/NYState?? Thanks.

Thank you for your reply! :bow:

I live in Queen and cannot travel too far, so I'm only applied to hospitals in Queen, Manhattan, and limited Brooklyn/Long Island area. I might consider applying to the Bronx if I have no choice. Since I'm a newbie :nurse:, I don't want to be picky and I only want to do Med/Surg for now. Most of my classmates that graduated with me are already working and I'm still searching until.............? :scrying:

Thanx!!

Hospitals can take a very loooong time to hire. Basically, they're huge bureaucratic messes with lots of red tape and hoops to jump through before you are hired!!:chuckle

I actually worked at this hospital I work at now while I was in school. I sent my resume to the nurse manager of the unit I wanted to work in during the month of April, was called in early June, and was hired at end of June for start date in October. I graduated in August and then had to take the calculations exam, critical care course, ECG course, and the rest of orientation. I put off taking the NCLEX until the end of November just so I could catch my breath.

So, don't fret over a week or two.

Hope this helps.

Hello everyone!

I'M HIRED!!!!!!!:nurse:

Just want to let you know that I got a job offer from Winthrop-University Hospital in Long Island. I'm so greatful to receive this offer b/c their orientation is excellent and the people at Winthrop are so nice and I was able to work in the unit of my choice which is oncology. I'm happy to say that the entire job search took me less than a month which is not too bad for a newbie.

Good luck to anyone that is still searching!

akanini, MSN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Congrats. NUMC is Nassau University Medical Center in Nassau County. It's a big teaching hospital.

Congrats. NUMC is Nassau University Medical Center in Nassau County. It's a big teaching hospital.

Yep ding ding ding

Congrats Sammy!!!! Yay for you

Sorry to go off topic, but Ive heard the impossible become possible there. Really extreme stories, not to mention their staff is not snooty (ahem north shore) Just an all around great place.

Sammy, Winthrop is great too their ER is pretty busy. What department did you get hired in? Congrats again!

I got hired at Hoag 1 which is an oncology/med-surg floor. I'm really looking forward to starting soon.

Thank you everyone for your support!!!

neeniebean

Specializes in Telemetry.

Yep ding ding ding

.... not to mention their staff is not snooty (ahem north shore) ......

Was this really necessary? I've encountered amazing (i.e not snooty) nurses at every hospital i've been in- NS, Winthrop, NUMC, etc. As nurses, we should support each other, we have enough mountains to climb as it is- I don't think you need to knock one hospital's whole staff just to prove your point. :nono:

Was this really necessary? I've encountered amazing (i.e not snooty) nurses at every hospital i've been in- NS, Winthrop, NUMC, etc. As nurses, we should support each other, we have enough mountains to climb as it is- I don't think you need to knock one hospital's whole staff just to prove your point. :nono:

Was going to reply, but I decided to take your advice and be supportive.

Yep your right.

alik

Specializes in ED.

Hi,

Do not worry about, I am also in the same boat and applying every where in the nys.I go my license in April 08. So far I got three interviews and next week I will have three interview. I do not know, who will call me for job. Try to apply as many hospital as you can.

Good luck.

Hey Sami,

I didn't apply to winthrop b/c I don't drive-but it seems close to the LIRR-is it? Also, do you know if they're still hiring new grads-the recruiter there really liked me from a job fair but Ididn't pass on my resume b/c of the possible commute?

when does the next orientation start?

Thanks and congrats! PS I feel like such a tard for not applying there now-hope it's not too late

Hey Sami,

I didn't apply to winthrop b/c I don't drive-but it seems close to the LIRR-is it? Also, do you know if they're still hiring new grads-the recruiter there really liked me from a job fair but Ididn't pass on my resume b/c of the possible commute?

when does the next orientation start?

Thanks and congrats! PS I feel like such a tard for not applying there now-hope it's not too late

Hi,

Yes, Winthrop can be reachs by LIRR. Actually, LIRR train stop (@ Mineola station) is right next to the hopsital. By the way, LIRR is pretty expensive. If you drive, Winthrop proves FREE parking for all employee. Since I live in Queen (exit 24), it only takes me 30 minutes by car to get there.

I was at the Advance Job Fair last Tuesday and I didn't see the Winthrop recruiter there. Maybe I wasn't paying attention. Yes, the nurse recruiters @ Winthrop are the nicest people I ever met. I think they're still hiring new grad b/c my friend is interviewing with them now. Just email your resume and see what happen.

Well, my orientation starts on June 2 but the interviewing process takes some time b/c you'll see the nurse recruiter first and later the nurse manager. I applied April 17 and didn't get an interview until May 2. So, I don't know if you can make it to the June orientation.

Hey, I'm a NYU Alum too! Class of 2007!

Good luck with your job search!

Hey fellow NYU alum :)-I did the 15 month 2nd degree program,

thanks for the quick reply-what was the interview like? did they ask med/nursing questions to gauge your knowledge?

I spoke with the recruiter at an NYU job fair (yer right, winthrop wasn't at the advance one)

how soon did they contact you for an interview after sending you resume out?

Thanx

Hey fellow NYU alum :)-I did the 15 month 2nd degree program,

thanks for the quick reply-what was the interview like? did they ask med/nursing questions to gauge your knowledge?

I spoke with the recruiter at an NYU job fair (yer right, winthrop wasn't at the advance one)

how soon did they contact you for an interview after sending you resume out?

Thanx

You're welcome!

Well, the nurse recruiter tends to ask questions like why nursing, your plan in 5 years, why do you choose med/surg or your specialty, and etc. Just basic easy questions. It's the nurse manager that tends to get critical with questioning. The nurse manager that I saw at oncology ask me critical thinking NCLEX-like questions.

Winthrop responded within a week after I email my resume. So, they're pretty quick in responding but interview appointment takes up to 2 weeks. I'm guessing they're very busy with numerous interview.

Good luck!

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