New grad struggling to land first job - page 3

Hey there, yet another new grad with no job post. Graduated in August, passed boards in September. Started applying for new grad hospital jobs back in May, slowed down during my preceptorship in... Read More

  1. by   Quota
    Quote from not.done.yet
    So why can't you commute to a rural area? If you are going to have to commute anyway?
    Getting to the rural areas with the shortages would be 2-3 hours, maybe even 4 hours during rush hour. The hospital I'm interviewing at for the new grad residency is in a more rural area than where I live but it's not the rural VA areas with nursing shortages. As far as I know that's some areas outside Richmond which I'm guessing would be 2-3 hours one way because I-95 between DC and Richmond is a disaster of traffic. Or down in southwestern VA and way more than a commute, that would be a move. No new grad job will pay enough (even more so a job in a more rural area) for the suggestion of renting a local place plus continuing to pay my half of the mortgage on my house.

    While I am going to continue applying to the surrounding hospitals as they post new grad positions I'm actually getting excited about the residency program I'm interviewing for this week. I never take the toll road so I had no idea what it cost, now that I've looked it's pretty damned cheap so the commute isn't a big factor anymore. The toll road results in a faster and much more consistent commute time so day or night shifts aren't a big deal. The biggest hang up now is it won't start until 2/11 so I'd need to pick up a seasonal job to keep the bills paid. It'll be crap money but should be enough to prevent me from using up the last of my savings. Oh and I'll need to figure something out for health insurance, I don't feel good about having no insurance at all until May/June. So fingers crossed my interview goes well and even better the ICU, or PCU mangers specifically really like me.
  2. by   City-Girl
    Quote from Quota
    The biggest hang up now is it won't start until 2/11 so I'd need to pick up a seasonal job to keep the bills paid.
    With flu season upon us you should check with some of the companies that do flu clinics in your area. I'm not sure who this would be in your area, but where I live a couple of the home care companies run many of the flu clinics in the area. It's mind numbing and the pay is not great, but at least a job with RN at the end of your name and some income while you are waiting for a permanent position.
  3. by   Quota
    Quote from City-Girl
    With flu season upon us you should check with some of the companies that do flu clinics in your area. I'm not sure who this would be in your area, but where I live a couple of the home care companies run many of the flu clinics in the area. It's mind numbing and the pay is not great, but at least a job with RN at the end of your name and some income while you are waiting for a permanent position.
    I saw some listing for a flu shot clinic a few weeks ago but haven't been able to find it or anything similar since. Definitely something I'll continue to look out for though.
  4. by   Quota
    And recruiter for the DC hospital just emailed tonight asking to schedule interview for an ortho medsurg position. I'm luke warm about ortho medsurg but certainly would consider the position if I was offered it. The residents is probably a better option overall, though I'm not guaranteed to be offered either position either.
  5. by   not.done.yet
    It sounds like you cannot afford to be picky. A word of advice - this is your dream job. Sell that in your interview.
  6. by   Quota
    Quote from not.done.yet
    It sounds like you cannot afford to be picky. A word of advice - this is your dream job. Sell that in your interview.
    Oh yes I know. I responded with my interview availability not being until next week. Turns out the manager of the unit is out the day the recruiter set the interview so waiting to hear back on new date. This will hopefully allow time for me to know about the residency position before I hear about the medsurg (ortho) position. Whole new issue to stress about.

    I'm going to need to talk to the recruiter for the residency about how they are handling job offers since the position doesn't start until 2/11. Will they offer positions as they go or wait and allow the candidate pool to grow? I don't know so I'll have to ask. While I'd prefer the residency I would not turn down the other offer just for a chance at the residency.

    Been practicing my answers to interview questions off and on all day so I hope things go well tomorrow!
  7. by   not.done.yet
    Good luck!
  8. by   TruvyNurse
    Sometimes we dont start in jobs we are thrilled about. My first job was in Peds and I NEVER saw myself doing it. It wasnt bad and it was a job until I could land what I really wanted to do. Maybe try some LTC just for experience, learning and to get a paycheck. LTC is ALWAYS looking for nurses. I happen to LOVE LTC. If I wasnt in school for my FNP, I'd stay LTC forever!
  9. by   Quota
    Got the "thanks but no thanks" for the residency program yesterday. I felt the interview had gone well overall so I don't know... all I can think is they stressed "customer satisfaction" a lot and my lack of a bubbly personality could have been beat out by another candidate who is bubbly. Just a guess, who knows when all you get is something along the lines of "while you are an impressive and qualified candidate we have decided not to proceed with this application".

    Medsurg ortho interview later today and another Medsurg interview likely to be scheduled at another hospital as soon as I talk to the recruiter today or tomorrow. My friend was wishing me good luck last night and sadly I think that is a large part of what landing my first job is going to be, luck. Kinda frustrating but it is what it is.
  10. by   Quota
    I think yesterday's ortho medsurg interview went really well. Definitely wouldn't turn down an offer if I get one at this point but it sounds like a pretty narrowed area of experience if I get in the position. Vast majority of the patients are post knee and hip replacements, so scheduled surgeries on stable patients, 24-48 hour stays. Lots of admission/discharge experience. Not likely to see many disease processes in general beyond stable geriatric stuff.

    Hopefully when I talk to the recruiter about the more general medsurg position at the other hospital we can set up an interview quickly. Definitely more variety and acutely ill patients on that unit therefore more varied learning experience.
  11. by   City-Girl
    An orthopedic unit is an excellent place to start! Although the primary diagnosis may be similar, most of the patients will have other medical issues that you will be required to manage such as diabetes & HTN. You would have the opportunity to learn a specific skill set for Otho and develop time management skills. Depending on where you work you would be required to change dressings (some places the PA or ortho intern does daily dsg change), deliver pain meds as well as scheduled daily meds and tele monitoring, and some require blood transfusions due to EBL just to name a few.
  12. by   Quota
    Didn't get the ortho position either, I felt good about the interview so I guess they just liked someone else better. The medsurg position I was hoping to setup an interview for was filled before the recruiter got back to me. Lots of applications sent out for other new grad positions so hoping to hear something back for any of those. Interview to start seasonal work at Target on Monday because I need some money coming in while I continue applying for RN jobs.
  13. by   City-Girl
    Sorry to hear you did not get the job. You mentioned seasonal work at Target. Have you considered looking into seasonal work giving flu shots, tis the season. I had a friend who was in a similar situation as you and the best she could find as a new grad RN was doing flu clinics. While it did not pay well, it was a way for her to get something on her resume with an RN tittle. The company she did flu clinics for also did home care and once she showed them she was reliable she was able to pick up 1 home care patient and although that was not her fist choice, she was able to do that for a little while until more hospital jobs opened up.

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