I really think it depends where you are in the U.S. The job market in the New York Tri-State Area, I'm in Northern NJ is very saturated. I went to a job fair in April, there were about 5 Large Hospitals there that point blank said "We are not hiring New Grads at this time." The LTCs and Visiting Nurse places said the same. They didn't even look at your resume, rather they just threw them on a pile behind them (there were 100's), and told you maybe in the future they would call you when they have openings for new grads. The problem is the bad economy
, hospitals do not want to shell out the money from their budgets for training new RNs that may not work out, and they do not want to pull an able bodied RN from their staff to train a new RN.
So far the only people who got jobs in my graduating class, were nurse externs, knew someone :spin: or are working at a correctional facility !!! It has nothing to do with grades. I don't know if Keith(who started this thread) is a young student, but unfortunately in the non academic world, in "THE REAL WORLD
", grades don't really mean anything
unless you have a close relationship w/an instructor who has ties with nursing recruiters in local facilities.
I remember when I graduated from College the first time Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree from A GREAT UNIVERSITY....I thought I had the world by it's %@&$^$, meanwhile, I was given the standard low paying entry level position for a college grad. Nobody asked me what my GPA was. So I'm still looking, passed my boards 2 months after I graduated (in Jan 09') on the first try with 75 questions(big whoop !), I'm articulate, experienced and also worked as an NA as well as in the business world... and have a kick #$^$% resume !!! But the only prospects I have are at 2 places where I know someone, and lets not forget the CORRECTIONAL FACILITY !!!! Good Luck Everyone ! Look for my "Memoirs of a Prison Nurse
" coming to your local bookstore in a couple of years !!! CHIN UP !!!