Hi Nurse 901!
I should say from the start but I live now in NJ
....but it's not my fault! (lol)...I come from several generations of Colorado families - I'm looking to relocate to Colorado again, and so I'm going to post a question about this right after I answer your question.
...I am a trauma nurse in a busy inner-city hospital in New Jersey. It was my first job - I've worked there fourteen months, right out of school into the ICU. I took me six months to find a job as a new grad, in a state with the most number of hospitals per capita in the whole country. I was beginning to think I would never find a job, and i was looking in the most disappointing of all avenues, desperate for work.
What I learned got me a great job: I started finding out all the classes that hospitals have to place new grads in before they can hit the floor - it costs, at least here in NJ, about $40,000.00 for a hospital to hire and train a new nurse!!! So I set out to not be such a liability to a hospital...I discovered which hospitals opened their internal training classes to outsiders (for a fee, naturallly), and took everything I would need as a nurse, and them some (since I wanted Critical Care)...I had to drop more money out of nursing school (the big downside), but I was then a lot more "hire-able", and less of a liability, during job interviews. It's hugely impressive to nurse managers, and it makes you less expensive, so the hospital realizes you "COST LESS MONEY" to them as a new nurse. Start calling and taking all the courses: IV Access, BLS,....it all depends on what you need, or what position you want. I added ACLS, Critical Care Nursing, Hemodynamics and Shock Monitoring, in short, anything I could get a seat in, I took. Try this approach, and let me know how you're doing! Good lUck:heartbeat