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How soon did it take you to find a job in Florida?

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by azabache21 azabache21 (Member)

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I know I might be too anxious, but I wonder how soon it took for other people to get a job in nursing...after getting the license ...I just passed my Nclex last week, but I am applying to a couple of hospitals, but I dont see many postings from hospitals with new nurses w/o experience. I even looked at the newspaper this past weekend and there were only a few open houses (two to be exact), yet only one refer to "welcome new grads" and of course it is way far away from my house...do we really have a shortage of nursing?...

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azabache,

I thought you said in another post that you are in Miami. I am in Broward, graduated in May. I went on two interviews and got offered both jobs, one of them on the spot. Don't bother looking in the paper. Check the hospital websites, or call the HR department and ask for a nurse recruiter. I don't know how far south you are, but everyone in my graduating class that actively looked for a job in Broward found one almost immediately.

Good luck.

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JJJTWEETY has 3 years experience and specializes in Rehab/Nursing home/LTCF.

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I'm in the same situation. I just got my license about 2 months ago. And the hospitals that I want to work all say that they need someone with more experience. What jobs do one recommend for a new nurse?

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JALEXSHOE specializes in ICU, ED, Trauma.

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Also be aware, while they may say the ideal candidate will possess experience, that does not mean they will not consider you otherwise.

Apply to several places of interest, be honest in your application, and I am sure you will be called sooner than you may think.

Good luck in your search.

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caroladybelle is a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

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Also be aware, while they may say the ideal candidate will possess experience, that does not mean they will not consider you otherwise.

Apply to several places of interest, be honest in your application, and I am sure you will be called sooner than you may think.

Good luck in your search.

Agree with above.

Another issue is the time of year. This is the off season for Florida, when hospital census is at its lowest. In addition, many graduating students were working as techs, graduate in late April/early May and are being oriented - they already had an "in". Some units may be be saturated with orientees - even a unit that is desperately short - they cannot handle more than a certain number of orientees if they are to be properly and safely oriented.

As a traveler with extensive onco experience, I frequently am pulled into FL units in the "off-season", because so many regular staffers are orienting new grads. With BMT units, the learning curve is very high, and that new grad will not be on their own for monthes and still not fully independant for a wide variety of onco/hemo/BMT patients for a year or more. Some places do not start certifying on chemo for 6 monthes to a year. I, as chemo experienced and able to work independantly, while staff is orienting new grads, fill a gap.

Thus, there may be open positions in a department, yet limits on whether a new grad will be hired. It would be no good and even unsafe to hire someone, yet not have the safe resources to properly supervise and orient them.

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thanks for the feedback...I was also told something similar...(and yes I am from MIA, but I could travel to broward as I am just between both counties ), but going back..I heard that some hospitals have already started their orientation for new graduates , so I havent been able to find a job yet...but they told me to go to each hospital and talk to the recruiter ..I'll try that next week...thanks a bunch!!!

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