New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement - page 8

After reading so many threads here on about the hard times many new grads are having at getting jobs, I just wanted to share a few words of encouragement. My feelings go out to all... Read More

  1. by   coconutcrazycluck
    well i am proof positive that it does end... you just may not end up where you thought. i applied for tons of positions at all the local hospitals within a 70 mile radius and had little response. i did get numerous offers for ltac and nursing homes, then an offer from acute psych hospital. i struggled with the decision all in hopes of a hospital offer coming before i had to make the dreaded decision between the above three. today is my first day off in over a week, i have completed orientation, crisis intervention, and a month working solo at the acute psych hospital, and although i never could have imagined working in psych, especially right out of school... i enjoy the "craziness" (so not pc i know :scrm of it. there is never a dull moment, and i use my medical training and skills much more than i could have ever anticipated. i have actually pulled a few charge nurse shifts... so it can be done, you can find a job, and get your career started off; perhaps on a different track than anticipated but not much in my life has gone as hoped or planned, so why should this be different. good luck to all of us new grads.. before we know it our first year will be up. chins up!


  2. by   kkluczynski
    well ive been working as a nurse now for a little over a year as an lpn. my job search after graduating was very similiar to alot of other posts. it took a month of applying to everywhere in the area hospitials and LTC included, when finally I got the call for an interview, i was so nervous i could feel my heart beating in my ears! well i got the job in LTC and i currently still work there. I got my own hall which after a year the routine gets very old, i got offered a position on a skilled unit in the same facility. I thought about it for a few days and took it. Its so much different that working on the same hall everyday, i get 2-3 admissions a night, doing my assessments on the others, vitals and trying to get a hold of doctors etc... its kinda crazy i must say. Im enjoying it because of all the new experiences soo much more i get to do and learn everyday its exciting. I guess for the new grads just get in there anyway you can, get some experience then move on. Trust me LTC was not my dream job straight out of school, but without it i wouldn't have the experience i have now and its help me become more comfortable with my skills and capability as a nurse. my first few months on the job i felt lost without my fellow student nurses and my instructor. but im doing well now. Don't worry theres hope, it'll all work out. good luck
  3. by   Brainiac7
    My experience may or may not be helpful, but here it is.

    I went to one open house, impressed the manager with my good looks, strong back, intelligence, wit and charm.

    Was hired on the spot.

    The point of my story is that sending in a resume is only one part of the process and is, from what I believe, simply a formality. If you only send in a resume, chances are poor you will get any response. It's important to show your face and stand out from the crowd, and if you project the qualities that particular recruiter is looking for, you can continue along in the process of becoming hired.

    I came to the open house dressed semi-formal, but did a few things to stand out. If you can pull it off, do something that shows your personality, wear something unique that might start a conversation, tell a joke, do something to lighten the mood for yourself. Go in there with the attitude that you have nothing to lose so you can be free to let your personality show. Don't be intimidated!

    After the weeding out process, you have to make an impression that sticks in the mind of those that are making the decision. It's up to you to figure out how to make that good impression, but that is the key, in my experience.
  4. by   bbache2
    I just graduated this past May and I was having a really hard time finding a job in the Chicago area. I wanted to work at Rush in Chicago but I also applied to Rush Oak Park ( I was offered a job this week in the ICU, and I know they are in need of med/surg staff RNs. They are hiring new grads as well!
    Best of luck in the job search
  5. by   PMRNMS
    I so needed to read this! I am 42, new grad with 12wks exp in a post surg ( THE DUMPING FLOOR) My then, supervisor, says " Your pts love you, you take good care of your pts, but I can't wait any longer""I need you to resign""You probably should try a nursing home""Give me a hug, and have a GREAT Weekend!"
    After the tears, I was offered a job at LTC. It is a very laid back environment;complete opposite the structured hospital setting, however, I am orienting. I like to keep busy, learn, ask, and apply everything and anything that comes my way, but have noticed I don't have the sense of being a nurse, know what I mean? more like a worker. When does one start having the sense of being a nurse?
    Out of Whack and Out of Place in MS
  6. by   jhayarn
    Thank you so much for the insights and experiences provided .I'm quite relieved to know that it does take a lot of courage and boldness to be able to make it in the nursing field.I've just moved here in the US from the Philippines 2 months ago and am still waiting for my work permit to be approved.I'm getting the hang of living here but the idea of me not having a work experience has taken me aback and make me think twice if i can land my dream job.I graduated march '07 and passed my NCLEX march '08 but due to the enormous number of nurses in the Philippines I only manage to get my BLS and a 2 month training from a government hospital.Given my standing,how will i fare in landing a nursing job here in the US?Tanx!
  7. by   ionatan
    here in northeast ohio, it seems that most hospital position openings are for rns. i just graduated from lpn school and i'm going to try and get into medsurg, but i'm not sure if it will happen. ltc facilities are where lpns flock to more often than not, at least around here. i just want to gain good nursing experience, and i'm not sure that will happen in a nursing home. i've heard many people say that medsurg is the way to go for a new nurse. however, i do enjoy many aspects of ltc and i am very comfortable with it.
  8. by   rostata
    Upon reading this site, it looks like most of the job available in LTC. I'm currently in school, and I'm hoping I will be able to finish in 2011. I don't know what future hold, but I hope it will be better by then.
  9. by   Mecene
    to all the people that are out there looking for a new job or looking for a better job, keep in mind when you are looking for a new position your ultimate career plan. sometimes we are in such a hurry to find a job that we resign to take anything and later feel stuck and unable to get to your dream job. remember nursing is more than a job, approach it as your career, care for it and take responsibility to your own growth. if you approach nursing as a job, you will see it only as a method of paying the bills, or the shortest path to retirement. your nursing career is more than a job, make it your calling and your purpose.
  10. by   Kickboxer
    Thanks for the encouragement. I graduated last Dec.08 BSN, and since then I had a few job interviews but no luck. My last interview was yesterday, I'm just praying and being hopeful for that job; however, the facility only need one nurse and with so many applicants. Now, my last resort is joining the military, any of you that are BSN, I'm telling you the military isn't a bad option since I'm a veteran myself. I have also applied at Psych. Hospital and passed the the second interview, but with the hiring freeze, the hiring process was put on hold. I'm still keeping my hopes up regardless and if I can't find a job in the civilian world, I can always count on the military
    There are options out there if you're very resourceful, if you have obtained a BSN degree, you can also check out PHN, Federal and State jobs or the military. If none of those work for you, perhaps going back to school and earn a higher degree (yah right after so many years of education!) But, never ever quit!
  11. by   pinfinity
    How can you be a good nurse?


    H--Honesty. Be honest in all aspects of your nursing practice. In the beginning this could be something as simple as admitting you don't know how to properly do a proceedure. You should never just "wing it" Use your preceptor in these situations. That is why they are there.

    O--Openmindedness. When you remain openminded you remain TEACHABLE.

    W--Willing. At some point in your career you will face an inevitable fork in the road. One will take you to mediocrity, the other to EXCELLENCE. The latter is much more fulfilling and you will reep the benefits long after your career is over. It will however require you to be willing to do whatever it takes to adhere to the "H" and the "O" of your practice.

    Congratulations and welcome!
  12. by   mojo61
    The one good thing about nursing was the ability to always find a job. Now they have taken that away. I have been a nurse for 18 years and if I had it do over again I would NOT go into nursing. I have been misrable with my career choice from the start. Healthcare and nursing are a huge, unfixable mess. Almost all nurses I know are jaded, unhappy, resentful, etc., etc. New grads, I pity you all. You have made a huge mistake. Go back to school and do something else if you can. Borrow money if you have to, but stay out of nursing. You have been warned.
  13. by   doesanyoneknowwhy
    oh my gosh! One of my instructors told us that she hopes we will even have benifits where we work. She really did! I am going to stop at my LPN, and take a breather then. But, I still have plans of gettng my RN through the ADN, only 3 more classes after my LPN and I will be an RN. The LPN program I am in now we are being taught and certified in IV too, so that is good. And I am being taught IV administration of medications by an instructor who has a PhD in nursing and she is awsome.

    I am switching from the 4 year program back into the LPN program. LPN students are learning everything just as much as the RN. A few of my first semester friends at the university are hating me. They want to do this. This opportunity will get me into the work force a lot sooner, and sooner experience as a RN by the time they graduate. I will already be working. YEA!!!

    I just love nursing so much. I worked in a hospital for 10 years as an aid, and unit clerk and was also trained and certified as a Phlebotomist. There were a lot of nurses then that I worked with who said they were not happy with their careers and that was like 16 years ago. The LPN were really important to healthcare.

    I think that the most difficult part of nursing for me was the university, the instructors-some are snotty, and I mean snotty for no reason. Some down right descriminative and give students a hard time. If they would only think, they should be thankful they have a job. Why do you think that they are teaching and not working as nurses? Because they do not want to do nursing , they are not satisified either. That says a lot too.

    I would like to work in an assissted living facility, I like the elder, and want to help them live the remainder of their lives to the fullest. I really think I have a special connections with the elder. They are so sweet. The are very wise, and plus I am blessed with the opportunity to learn things about life from them.

    In my LPN program, it reminds me of my first semester of RN class, the nursing process and other aspects of nursing etc......there is really no difference.....that I can see. We all have to take the A&P classes, I have even taken Chemistry classes, two classes, whereas some of the four year students have only taken 1 chemistry class. There are so many LPNs out there that are just as capable as RNs. Seriously.

    I will count somewhere in the nursing career, I have to have that hope and I am not giving up. Nursing is still a stable career--knock on wood.

    I do think that it is wise to double major, like I want to specialize in Geratric nursing, and that is a whole diplome in itself. And one has to be accepted into this program, and it is intense.

    We had a nurse-lawyer speak to our class, and she is a lawyer first, but I asked her why she was not a nurse, and it caught her off guard, why? because she hates nursing-period-it was obvioius. She bragged that she graduated at the top of her class she said, that is when I asked her the question.

    Public nursing in another area that I am interested in. I like the public, and for some reason I think that a lot of businesses, homes and communities could use an independent nurse with their own practice to spread good health measures. Kind of like, with the new medical insurance that will mandate younger people to contract they are responsilbe for their health. This is an area for nurses to teach these people in whatever enviroment they are in. Private nurse advocate seems like a good idea and word for it. Open you own practice, had you ever thought about that?