Frustrated New Grad - page 2

I have decided that I wanted to become an emergency nurse d/t being a trauma pt 3 1/2 yrs ago :heartbeat. After the recovery I finished all the science classes and got into nursing school. During... Read More

  1. by   birdgardner
    Volunteer EMT-B is no help at all getting hired in NJ. It gets me out of the house and keeps me semi-sane and I love my fellow crew members, but you really do so very much less than a nurse or paramedic does and many of the nurses and paramedics don't respect EMT-Bs, having seen so many dumb ones ... or we bring in dumb patients ... and it carries over.
  2. by   RedSox33RN
    I feel your frustration! I lived in the Northeast all of my life, graduated NS in 2007, and probably sent out 150 applications in 2 states, and all I got was two PRN jobs in M/S and LTC, neither of which was the area I really wanted, ED.

    I had to relocate, leaving family and friends behind, which was tough. But I got into a great "ED school" in NC that was for new grads and RN's looking to get into the ED. It was 6 months long, combination of classroom and dept shifts the first 3 months, then with a preceptor for the last 3 months. It was very helpful and a great experience. I've since left that hospital and in a smaller ED (they had just opened a new ED the place I trained at, over 75 bed ED and not nearly enough RN's!) and as much as it pained me to move, I don't have any regrets.

    I hope you can figure out or find something soon!
  3. by   natalyk
    Quote from RedSox33RN
    I feel your frustration! I lived in the Northeast all of my life, graduated NS in 2007, and probably sent out 150 applications in 2 states, and all I got was two PRN jobs in M/S and LTC, neither of which was the area I really wanted, ED.

    I had to relocate, leaving family and friends behind, which was tough. But I got into a great "ED school" in NC that was for new grads and RN's looking to get into the ED. It was 6 months long, combination of classroom and dept shifts the first 3 months, then with a preceptor for the last 3 months. It was very helpful and a great experience. I've since left that hospital and in a smaller ED (they had just opened a new ED the place I trained at, over 75 bed ED and not nearly enough RN's!) and as much as it pained me to move, I don't have any regrets.

    I hope you can figure out or find something soon!

    Thank you for the encouragement I know that I am not alone

    What's an "ED school?" Did you have to pay for it? How did it work? Also, what state is it in?
  4. by   cjthegreat
    What is going on here?????

    Similar story in Illinois. I graduated with a BSN with honors from a reputable school. I've been a paramedic for 6 years, worked as an ER tech for 2 years, have ACLS, PALS, CPR and I still can't find a job. I wanted to start in an ER and figured it would be no problem. It has gotten to the point where I have started applying for med-surg jobs (which I really don't want) and even those job postings seem to want experienced RNs. What is even more annoying is when I tell people I am having trouble finding a job in nursing, they look at me like I am crazy....

    So frustrating!!!!
  5. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    There was just a posting for an ED nurse at Magee hospital in Pittsburgh if anyone wants to relocate?
  6. by   AtomicWoman
    Just a quick FYI, most home care agencies don't want to hire new grad nurses, either. At least not here in the NJ/Philly area. They want at least 1 year of experience.
  7. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    Quote from cjthegreat
    What is going on here?????

    Similar story in Illinois. I graduated with a BSN with honors from a reputable school. I've been a paramedic for 6 years, worked as an ER tech for 2 years, have ACLS, PALS, CPR and I still can't find a job. I wanted to start in an ER and figured it would be no problem. It has gotten to the point where I have started applying for med-surg jobs (which I really don't want) and even those job postings seem to want experienced RNs. What is even more annoying is when I tell people I am having trouble finding a job in nursing, they look at me like I am crazy....

    So frustrating!!!!
    Man, it must be really dried up there. Are you in Chicago? Have you tried Sinai? I know several new grads who worked at their ED. It's a MADHOUSE, but it's a start and you'd see a lot of. . .interesting stuff.

    Of course, they started before the economy tanked.
  8. by   natalyk
    I am ready to scream. I finally landed an interview with an rural hospital, in their ED... The hospital is in a middle of nowhere. Did great. Both women who interviewed me decided right away that they wanted me. I was told by the HR that I am getting an offer letter and they are working on it. They said that it will be ready within one week.

    Today is one week since the interview. I am getting a phone call from the recruiting agency that I was going through, that the hospital can't give me the offer letter because I don't have experience. I have to go through a new grad program that is starting in January.

    They knew that I had experience only as an RN intern before the interview and everyone (including the recruiting agency and the women who interviewed me) were positive that it's not a problem.

    Now here I am... after two jobs that "I had", I am still jobless... :Crash:
  9. by   EireannRae
    Nataly, can you private message me? Apparently I have not posted enough to send private messages, but I was in a lot of ways in your situation and would love to speak with you more!
  10. by   Mike A. Fungin RN
    Wait, Nataly, does this mean they'll take you as a new grad in January? I'm a little confused?
  11. by   natalyk
    Mike,

    After a long back and forth with this hospital I am currently waiting for them to send me the offer letter so I can start in January. So, the answer to your questions is YES, but not yet in writing.

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