Can I vent? Just a little... you can vent too if you want, I won't tell... - page 3

So I had a career. A Good job, made descent money, stable...something was "missing" what did I do? I went and became a nurse. Cut down my hours at work, studied hard and then passed NCLEX and... Read More

  1. by   MsSocalRN
    I moved from California to Tennessee for my first job! Try applying to Johnson City Medical Center! The pay is only $18 hour but u get the experience u need! Excellent teaching hospital! Try it!
  2. by   elprup
    I hear you. The job hunt is a total daily up and down rollar coaster of emotions. It took me forever as an old new grad who moved twice and was no longer considered a new grad. So I took a job under my license, which backfired, and only now, do I start a new job Monday as a District School Nurse. I get it. I wish the situation was better.
  3. by   jtmarcy12
    I would recommend to all nurses looking for work to be careful about trying to contact the nurse managers of the place you desire to work, because, now just about every nurse who is looking for work is doing this and it is causing frustration and aggravation for the managers. Imagine every nurse who is looking for work doing this and how much time those managers are spending answers phone call, emails etc. if they even respond. Years ago this may have worked but not so much now.
  4. by   Good Morning, Gil
    Do everything you can to get into a hospital somewhere as this will help you get a different nursing job later if you wish (non acute care, like case mgmt, home health, MDS, etc). I didn't start out in acute care, took what was available at the time when hiring freezes were occurring...still worked a "floor nursing" type of job first, just was lower acuity and twice as many patients.

    Now, I'm working in a hospital. I know you're already doing everything you can, and it's frustrating. Keep your chin up. And, don't expect a dream job at first, just a job. Morale will probably be low or ratios high, but this will only help you appreciate future jobs. (Not saying this to burst your bubble, but in times when jobs are rare, people are holding on to their good jobs and not risking a move. The only nurses transferring are those that are working in less desirable areas or changing from night to day shift, so these will be the open jobs that you see).
  5. by   HollywoodDiva
    Quote from GonnaAmazeYou
    And today I saw an ad online that says COME TO THE USA- be a nurse! These companies are bringing foreign people in, sponsoring them and helping them to get their license. I'm sure they don't Validate their employment history, they just bring them here. So frustrating. There are thousands of unemployed/underemployed RNs ready and waiting but yet they keep shipping in people to fill up the hospitals. I have now began checking the minorities box, the male box and the disabilities box. Something will work lol
    Unfortunately there is a nursing shortage but what they forgot to tell most people is the shortage applies to experienced nurses. As far as foreign nurses don't think they have it easy coming here because most of them were doctors in their countries at least the ones I work with. Some that are sponsored here had to wait 4 years and btw get paid way less than they should because a hospital claims the cost to sponsor them is enormous which is actually false. Co worker of mine from England was getting paid 50% less than the other nurses and of course was barely scraping by and since most places frown upon discussing salaries she had no idea that she was getting robbed her salary by the hospital.
    It is difficult for new grads to find work at this time but keep trying because I am quite sure someone will hire you and give you a chance too.
  6. by   amygarside
    I hope you get a job soon! Good luck!
  7. by   Trekfan
    Well at lest you get an e-mail . It's worse just to hear nothing back .
  8. by   mrcnstnc
    So sorry to hear this from a new grads! Thought it was only old me! When I graduated 25 years ago I had job offers coming out of my ears it was hard to choose, I chose a med/surg unit in a local 75 bed hospital and gained a tremendous amount of experience, before they could lay me off due to low census, I signed on with a traveling agency, and gained a ton more experience. Then spent almost ten years in dialysis. and have worked in a variety of home care settings, occ health and clinics. Sounds impressive right? Nope, not what they want, I'm certain many of you have read my posts before and the rant goes on. What do they want??? and the frustration of some computer generated no thank you letter doesn't help at all. I've always considered myself diverse and willing to challenge myself with any new position. Seven years ago I came across a Nurse manager with no standard of practice, no ethics and quite frankly no morals, I challenged her authority based on my experience, the safety of my patient and the protection of my license. Since that time I have not been able to secure an actual "nursing" position. I worked in alternative clinic for five years and gained what I considered a trending spiral of experience, but the owner got into some IRS trouble and put me out of a job. I can't leave large spaces of time off my resume and quite honestly I'm a nurse it's what I do and I think I do it well. I do volunteer and don't worry about my credentials as far as that goes the good samaritan act is pretty protective in volunteer environments. My frustration lies in the HR process, waaaa we have a nursing shortage but we don't want new grads and we don't want nurses with experience What Do they want?? Can't jump thru their hoops if they don't tell us what they are. I love this site and appreciate all the comments but we're nurses, need to find some HR peeps to give us a heads up! Or someone willing to tell those of us that are unemployed what to do to get past the BS and go to work. How do we get hired???
  9. by   anotherone
    It took me over a year and hundreds of applications to find a job . Yes, i have my bsn. I relocated to a very very rural area. After I started applying to rural areas, I heard back much more than in any city or suburb. Try those, it has to be somewhere that is desperate for employees ( doesn't necessarily make it a bad place to work) but in rural areas there are less nurses . Unlike in a city with a couple thousands new grads every month. It was difficult for me to stay at a job- what I had during nursing school and while searching for a nursing job- where everyone thought I was some sort of idiot or couldn't write a good resume or cover letter. I used the same ones and strategies and once I started applying throughout rural northeastern USA I heard back from almost every position. It was not what I envisioned for myself, but life doesn't work out that way. In hindsight I wish I would have done it sooner and given up hope of finding a job in the city or suburbs sooner. ! Good Luck.
  10. by   ChristMRN
    I feel your pain. Just keep moving forward and holding out hope! There are a lot of us out there in the same position. Things will have to turn around eventually.
  11. by   juncel123
    Yup it sucks.. I know I am "was" our position too. Well, I have a PART-TIME job at a nursing home now where I hace 30 patients all to myself.. And I just got an offer recently from a dialysis place too which I might take. But I really want med-surg and I HATE IT that I can't get the experience I want... The reason why I hate it is because I know that getting a good nursing job is about WHO YOU KNOW, AND NOT WHAT YOU KNOW most of the time. So yeah, politics in nursing.. Way to go. But please don't lose your passion for nursing. It sucks right now, but I know it will get better for us! =)
    Last edit by juncel123 on Sep 14, '12 : Reason: spelling
  12. by   bbuerke
    I wondered the same thing. I am an RN and volunteered in the patient library in the clinic for two years, helping patients locate resources. Another coworker volunteered with hospice for a year, sitting with patients, holding their hands and making sure they weren't alone as they got closer to the end. No clinical care provided, just straight volunteer work. Now, I don't know how beneficial volunteering would be for the OP, but if it's something you genuinely enjoy doing and have the time, it may give you another perspective into patient's needs and look good on your resume.

    I am so sorry you and so many other new grads are having such a difficult time finding work. It's so strange to me because my manager just hired seven new grads in the last 3 months, but I'm sure she was swarmed with applicants. I wish you the best of luck in your job search.
  13. by   Syrenia
    My least favorite is when they just don't contact you at all, or respond to your calls or emails. At least have the courtesy to let me know you are no longer interested.