STILL don't have a job?? Vent here! - page 14
Hi all! I've been on this site for a while now, but haven't posted much. however, i feel like it'll just make me (and hopefully a few others) feel a bit better about this whole job situation if we... Read More
Oct 9, '09Occupation: PCT Joined: Sep '09; Posts: 344; Likes: 230Quote from MauraRNI think this is why people need to be aware of the big myth that nursing basically guarantees jobs... the economy is hit hard in all areas of our society. This is just my humble opinion and no judgment against you, but your statement shows how people really need to be sure that nursing is what they really want to do. The job security and pay should all be secondary in my view. Of course, I am sure you have a family and bills to think of and that is a legitamite concern but I guess what I am saying is that we all need to help each other debunk the myths.After over 100 applications, I had a nurse recruiter tell me that they are not hiring new grads and my 3 yrs as LPN in sub-acute care does not count, not real nursing. Stupid attitude and will eventually come back and bite them but not before lots of good nurses, and I am one, will leave the profession. Then there might be a "nursing shortage" again.
Hey, is their a way you can re-locate? What about joining a travel nurse agency? I know there are demands for nursing in some places of the country, is that an option? If not, you may have to wait awhile for a job but I am sure it will come through if you just hold out long enough.
Oct 10, '09Occupation: OBGYN Unit Specialty: LTC, PCU, Med/Surg, Hospice, OBGYN ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '09; Posts: 202; Likes: 236Quote from bodz01i think that even if they have new grads positions out there, it will be reserved for someone already within their unit or friend of friends case. i've always been optimistic but having a feel of what's happening now is totally getting me downright disappointed and frustrated
Don't give up hope yet. I am a New Grad and got in withOUT knowing anyone in the hospital and I never had worked there before (I'm actually an out-of-stater). You just have to keep in mind that it will be constant work, like a full time job looking for full time work (I filled out applications on-line and in person and called recruiters everyday Mon - Fri since I graduated in May). Forget the days that one received post cards in the mail offering sign on bonuses! It's a new time for New Grads. Now you have to prepare yourself, your resume, your cover letters, your portfolio, and your interviewing techniques to win the fight of a job.:smiley_abLast edit by EmilyLucille523 on Oct 10, '09 : Reason: spelling
Oct 12, '09Joined: Jun '08; Posts: 88; Likes: 17I agree, don't give up! I got a job offer this morning (for the one job I wanted most of all) after weeks of filling out applications, sending out resumes, etc. I finally sent a letter to the organization that I REALLY, really wanted to work at even though I was told you had to have 1-3 yrs exp. I decided the only thing they could do was tell me no. The next day I got an email asking me where exactly I lived. I was then told to fill out the online application because they had two openings available. I didn't hear anything and figured they must not have been interested. A few days later I got the call to come in for the interview and today I got the job offer. It was so worth the wait. I am now going to be working for a company that I always wanted to work for, doing what I feel I was called to do. Keep trying, don't give up, & soon you will have the job you're looking for too.
Oct 12, '09Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 79; Likes: 22Quote from caringtouchWhat type of letter did you write? Thas sounds like a great idea!I agree, don't give up! I got a job offer this morning (for the one job I wanted most of all) after weeks of filling out applications, sending out resumes, etc. I finally sent a letter to the organization that I REALLY, really wanted to work at even though I was told you had to have 1-3 yrs exp. I decided the only thing they could do was tell me no. The next day I got an email asking me where exactly I lived. I was then told to fill out the online application because they had two openings available. I didn't hear anything and figured they must not have been interested. A few days later I got the call to come in for the interview and today I got the job offer. It was so worth the wait. I am now going to be working for a company that I always wanted to work for, doing what I feel I was called to do. Keep trying, don't give up, & soon you will have the job you're looking for too.
Oct 13, '09Joined: May '08; Posts: 193; Likes: 47Okay I have an orientation/interview for a job tomorrow but it pays only 10$ an hour but techniquely is an RN job, well you have to be one to get it. Its at a fitness center near my house( a gym). It only calls for 4 hour shifts and you get a free membership, which is the main reason I am interested. I have lost 25 pounds since searching for a nursing job, I figured I'd use this off time to special use. SO all in all the job calls for an RN to take bp's lung capacities, measurements, weights, heights, heartrates, and assessment type stuff so the members of the gym can know if they improved or got worse, or what provisions on their workouts related to health.
The woman said it is a really fun job, work out for free, only downfall is you get paid crap while the gym gets to advertise RN's on staff. So all in all I am kinda excitied I have so money, some nursing type experience for the meantime, and still plenty of time to look for something better.
Hope we all get nursing jobs soon, I really do!....GOODLUCK TO ALL OF US!
Oct 22, '09Occupation: Pediatric RN! Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics ; From: US ; Joined: May '09; Posts: 132; Likes: 117Hi all,
Like most of you, I graduated in May, passed the NCLEX in June, sent in 100s of applications, and am still looking for an RN job..
I relocated to New Orleans because my BF is going to med school down here and I thought that the job market should at least be better than where we moved from (Boston). Nope. There is nothing here for new grads.
I feel like such a failure. and an embarrassment. and a burden on my parents (who are helping me pay my rent).
I've recently started to consider moving home for year if I could find an RN position. I went to nursing school in Boston, did my clinicals at all the big teaching hospitals in Boston, and have a few connections with people in HR at hospitals in MA. But my heart aches when I think about living 1500 miles away from my BF. But I don't know how long I can put off starting my career, either.
I don't know how long I should wait for something to happen in New Orleans before I start applying to places back home (or start applying for my license by reciprocity). Because if by some miracle I do get an RN position in MA, if the application process is anything like it is in NOLA, I might not even be able to start working until Jan/Feb (everything takes so gosh darn long!!).
Oct 22, '09Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: ED ; From: US ; Joined: May '06; Posts: 613; Likes: 170same here i graduated May 2009, and im already an RN, but most hospitals here in FL required at least 1 year experience. but this job im applying for seems promising *crosses fingers*
Oct 22, '09Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 147; Likes: 110Quote from BKCNewGrad09Wow. I almost got confused if I wrote this or someone else did. Haha.
Like most of you, I graduated in May, passed the NCLEX in June, sent in 100s of applications, and am still looking for an RN job..
Yeah, today I drove to 5 different SNFs in my area and 2 of them said they weren't hiring RNs...after I filled out the application. Thank you very much!
Part of me thinks it was a stupid idea that I quit the other SNF in the first place...but it was either risk losing an RN license or have a job/get paid/get "experience" (even though it may not be quality experience). I thought the former was more important so I quit...but I admit a part of me regrets it.
I did get my ACLS cert this passed weekend. Maybe it'll give me an upper hand. Who knows...but as my dad said, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." Unfortunatly true...
Oct 22, '09Joined: May '08; Posts: 193; Likes: 47Yeah I don't blame you for leaving that place, if it wasn't a safe enviroment for you that it isn't worth it. I know it stinks not having a job we all know, but maybe you can find something just temporary. I am working at a gym (fitness center) as techniquely a nurse and you need your RN license to do it, but its easy just health assessments, weights, body fat percentages, measurements, blood pressures and other tests. Hey it helps with cash inflow and I can continue looking for a job in the mean time, they understand it isn't forever. Also I am substituting as a nurse in the local school district and as a substitute teacher, for the mean time too..
It is very frustrated searching for a nursing job right now, so I just apply often, try not to think about it too much and work when I can at my other two jobs. I am sorry for all of us, and really hope things get better soon. I have maybe one more hopeful application going out tomorrow for an internship in the NICU, my dream job!...wish me luck and I will be wishing you all luck as well!
Oct 22, '09Occupation: Pediatric RN! Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics ; From: US ; Joined: May '09; Posts: 132; Likes: 117Quote from Little_MouseHaha! My dad tells me the same thing!... as my dad said, "It's not what you know, it's who you know."
Even with the networking I've been able to do in my new city I still have nothing to show for it. I have one RN supervisor in a pedi unit who's saving my resume for the first new grad position that opens up (but she says that might not be til the end of the year) and her husband is a Pedi MD at another hospital letting me use him as a referral (but still nothing has come from that). My BF even talked to the Dean of the Med School who in turn talked to the Director of Nursing at the University Hospital (but all that came from that was a position that wasn't really for new grads and was only offered 4 weeks orientation on an adult tele/med/surg unit).
With a very heavy heart, I've started applying to hospitals back home where I did my clinical rotations and have some HR connections.. we'll see how this turns out..
Oct 23, '09Joined: Sep '09; Posts: 1,431; Likes: 753I dont have a job yet,but I have two interviews coming up and potentially a thrid one...one interview is out of state (neigbohboring state 76 miles one way),second a hospital in an inner city.
Oct 23, '09Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in Correctional Nursing ; From: UK ; Joined: Jun '09; Posts: 1,581; Likes: 1,240You know I read this thread from time to time and I feel just awful for you guys. I am in my first semester of NS and hope things will have improved some when I finish but who knows.
Just know that even the current batch of students are pulling for you. Good luck!
Oct 23, '09From: US ; Joined: Oct '09; Posts: 7; Likes: 5Quote from wonderwomanchelsHi all! I've been on this site for a while now, but haven't posted much. however, i feel like it'll just make me (and hopefully a few others) feel a bit better about this whole job situation if we vent it out together. i just need to complain, and i need people who understand how frustrated and hopeless i'm feeling.
i graduated from a somewhat prestigious university over a year ago, and passed my nclex without a bead of sweat. great grades, great clinical experience, killer references and resume....still can't get a job. i live in the northeast, where things are tight...but still. i work at the grocery store...THE GROCERY STORE! i paid $100,000 to get a degree so that people can supervise how i bag their eggs and talk to me like i'm stupid. i have nothing against my current job - they're great to me and it pays my bills kinda sorta for now - but it's so damn frustrating!
on top of all of this, i'm getting so sick of people constantly saying to me "but i thought we needed nurses!"...when is oprah gonna do a show about all of us who are graduating and finding a completely closed off job market? and now that a second year of nurses are finishing up, us 2008 grads are getting more and more lost.
it's not like i'm not trying - i apply to jobs nearly non stop. i call and ask for nurse managers and recruiters personally, who never answer their phones or my voicemails. i feel like a complete and total failure pretty much all of the time, and don't know what to do. i have at least 15 friends in the same boat, but none of them currently live nearby and i don't have anyone to talk to about these feelings. i cry a lot when i'm alone, but put on a big smile and just tell people i'm staying optimistic and i'm still looking etc. etc.
anyway - if you wanna chime in, please do. i know our families and friends are probably getting sick of listening to us talk about this stuff, so it feels better to talk to strangers who understand.
much love and keep the faith, my friends. we're gonna rise above this someday.
I feel everyone's pain. Recently, I got my ACLS cert and a Certificate of Completion for Short IV Insertion Skills and maintain an EMT license. Got 2 jobs and needed one day to follow-up with another company(didn't tell them that) and the employer gave the job away after agreeing to said time. Even if you know people in hospitals, SNF, med offices, it doesn't help - they simply aren't hiring -- keeps costs down and they make their current workers do the work of 3 people.
Fortunately, I am working for a company running flu clinics and administering flu vaccines for the season and have a GREAT Boss!
Listening to the news....they are predicting the economy to be much the same next year into 2010 so, it's a scary thought for those graduating in the next couple years simply because of the volume of New Grad's, Recent Grad's and newbee RN's in the job market.
The Newbee-RN's that got jobs from my RN class worked as CNA/PCT's or in administrative/clerical positions for the hospitals as they went through RN school.
Will be praying for all of us.