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Can’t find RN work!


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Hello all!  I have a q about getting hired into a residency program.  I graduated in May of 2019 and passed my NCLEX in Aug the same year.  I’m just now applying for RN jobs and am having 0 luck.  I’ve applied for 15 openings and am not even getting call backs for interviews.  I am currently in an RN - BSN program, have EMT experience which I know isn’t as great as a Patient Care Tech but I feel like at least it is patient related.  Would it be more because I graduated over a year ago and haven’t been employed as an RN, is it my resume format, or both??  Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated!!  

HiddencatBSN, BSN

Specializes in Peds ED. Has 10 years experience.

I think you need to apply to more positions. When I graduated at the tail end of a bad job market I applied to more than 100 jobs to get 2 interviews and 1 job offer.

EMS experience should be attractive in an ER setting- I’ve had several coworkers over the years who started as new grads in the ER with EMS experience.

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

The job market still isn’t fantastic right now. When I was a new grad, I slid into an ER position because I had worked as an ED tech in that department and had a good relationship with the team who wanted me to stay there with them. Before covid, I actually found it fairly easy to transfer jobs. After covid, I feel like things are much harder - even for experienced nurses. I would keep applying and even apply to jobs that you wouldn’t want to stay at long term. Once you get a job, get the experience of at least a year and learn everything you can and then transfer more into a unit you prefer.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

Waiting a year after getting licensed to look for a job may be hurting you with potential employers. Is there anything about the situation that may raise a red flag? (At least in their eyes...)