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How To Get a Job As a New Grad Nurse

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The tale and advice of a brand new grad on how to stand out and score yourself a job as a new graduate nurse. I was the first in my class of 50 to score a job, and after giving out a lot of solicited advice, I've decided to write it out and share with other hopeful and passionate new grad nurses. You are reading page 5 of How To Get a Job As a New Grad Nurse. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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First of all, THANK YOU for starting this thread. We live in unfortunate times and it's very true that getting a degree does not guarantee you a job. Thanks for the tips!

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adventure780 is a BSN, MSN, RN, APN and specializes in Geriatrics/family medicine.

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Word is that jobs are moving towards homecare, has anyone noticed this trend?

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I graduate in December. When should I start applying for jobs? If I see a job available in an area I want is it way too early to apply?

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it is never too early to start applying. just make sure that you are also studying for the nclex.

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JustBeachyNurse is a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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jourdan02 said:
I graduate in December. When should I start applying for jobs? If I see a job available in an area I want is it way too early to apply?

Yes it is. Your application won't be considered for a licensed job 5 months before you potentially graduate. Wait until around 6 weeks before graduation UNLESS it's a new grad training or residency program. These programs have specific application deadlines and requirements.

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ScrubGirl88 is a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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This was great! I feel like I'm the only one in my class starting to network around the hospitals we attend for clinical. I have a passion for the NICU and i started volunteer work there to not only knock out my volunteer hours required for school but to start getting my foot in the door with the department I truly want. I know i may not get the NICU job right out of school but it could happen and if i don't get that job i at least know people that would put in a good word for me now.

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I am a foreign nurse and always looking for a nursing job in Hospitals but unfortunately all of them wants 1 year experience in the U.S. Need some advice. What do I need to do since I'm not qualified for the new RN grad residency program. how can I possibly get the experience required to start my nursing career here in the U.S.

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I need help because I am in crisis.

I started working at this agency in Morris County, NJ. I was a good nurse to my patient (it is a home care agency and I was a home health nurse)). One morning I got into a horrible car accident. I was afraid to get back on the highway so I called in sick without giving the agency enough time to get a replacement. This was a big mistake because they fired me soon after.

First of all, that was my only steady job! I search the internet all the time looking for home health LPN work and I cannot find any. I cannot get hired in a nursing home because NJ does not hire people without 12 months experience in a long term care facility. I decided that since I have 2 LPN licenses (one in NJ and one in NY) I would try to get a job in NYC. So I applied for an agency job in Brooklyn. They said they have cases. I got my hopes up. I filled out an application and they asked me why I did not use the agency I was with in the past for a reference. I told the interviewer the truth-----I got into a horrible car accident and I lost my job because I was too scared to get back on the highway to travel to my job. I was very scared. So I lost my job.

She told me she still needs a reference from that place and a reference from the patient I took care of. I explained to her that the patient is not going to give me a reference because as far as he is concerned, I worked for the agency, not for him. The interviewer said she needs to talk to the patient anyway. She insisted! I gave her the phone numbers of both the patient and the agency that fired me. Then I got a call from the agency that fired me telling me that my former patient is very upset that I gave his name and number and that I violated HIPPA and to never to it again. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn agency is calling my former boss to talk to her----the same boss that fired me.

To make a long story short, I was told by the person who works in the Brooklyn agency that they cannot go forward with my application because they could not get a reference from this place that fired me.

I am crying as I type this. It seems like yesterday, I had a job. Today I have nothing and the fact that I was fired from one agency has marred my employment record. Now I wonder if I will ever find a job. I just feel this great sadness. Like everything was taken from me because of that driver of the oil tanker truck that purposely hit me and made me crash on the highway. I was almost killed but I'll bet he still has his job, though! I don't have any and I am scared because I wonder if I will get any nursing job in the future. I called the car insurance company and filled out the paper work.

I feel my former patient is an ungrateful dog. I loved taking care of that man. I enjoyed it and I know I was a damn good nurse to him. But he had the nerve to get angry with me when asked for a reference. He had the nerve. I just feel so sad!!!! I don't know what to do because I was with my former employer for a whole year so I had to put it down on my resume and job application---otherwise I would have almost NO experience in nursing. I did not use the former agency as a reference because I was fired from there. But the NYC agency insisted that I get a reference from there just like they insisted that I get my former patient's contact number. They insisted. So I did it. The agency in NYC is not hiring me now!! I am crying as I write this post. I feel like I had everything and now I have nothing.

NJ does not hire people like me. They want people with 12 months nursing home or long term care facility experience. All I am is a home health LPN with 12 months in an agency that fired me after a car accident. Places in NJ do not want me. What do I do? I wanted to work soooooooooo bad. I feel like I am unmarketable. What can I do to get a job? My heart is aching. I am so upset.

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JustBeachyNurse is a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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A1973 said:
I need help because I am in crisis.

I started working at this agency in Morris County, NJ. I was a good nurse to my patient (it is a home care agency and I was a home health nurse)). One morning I got into a horrible car accident. I was afraid to get back on the highway so I called in sick without giving the agency enough time to get a replacement. This was a big mistake because they fired me soon after.

First of all, that was my only steady job! I search the internet all the time looking for home health LPN work and I cannot find any. I cannot get hired in a nursing home because NJ does not hire people without 12 months experience in a long term care facility. I decided that since I have 2 LPN licenses (one in NJ and one in NY) I would try to get a job in NYC. So I applied for an agency job in Brooklyn. They said they have cases. I got my hopes up. I filled out an application and they asked me why I did not use the agency I was with in the past for a reference. I told the interviewer the truth-----I got into a horrible car accident and I lost my job because I was too scared to get back on the highway to travel to my job. I was very scared. So I lost my job.

She told me she still needs a reference from that place and a reference from the patient I took care of. I explained to her that the patient is not going to give me a reference because as far as he is concerned, I worked for the agency, not for him. The interviewer said she needs to talk to the patient anyway. She insisted! I gave her the phone numbers of both the patient and the agency that fired me. Then I got a call from the agency that fired me telling me that my former patient is very upset that I gave his name and number and that I violated HIPPA and to never to it again. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn agency is calling my former boss to talk to her----the same boss that fired me.

To make a long story short, I was told by the person who works in the Brooklyn agency that they cannot go forward with my application because they could not get a reference from this place that fired me.

I am crying as I type this. It seems like yesterday, I had a job. Today I have nothing and the fact that I was fired from one agency has marred my employment record. Now I wonder if I will ever find a job. I just feel this great sadness. Like everything was taken from me because of that driver of the oil tanker truck that purposely hit me and made me crash on the highway. I was almost killed but I'll bet he still has his job, though! I don't have any and I am scared because I wonder if I will get any nursing job in the future. I called the car insurance company and filled out the paper work.

I feel my former patient is an ungrateful dog. I loved taking care of that man. I enjoyed it and I know I was a damn good nurse to him. But he had the nerve to get angry with me when asked for a reference. He had the nerve. I just feel so sad!!!! I don't know what to do because I was with my former employer for a whole year so I had to put it down on my resume and job application---otherwise I would have almost NO experience in nursing. I did not use the former agency as a reference because I was fired from there. But the NYC agency insisted that I get a reference from there just like they insisted that I get my former patient's contact number. They insisted. So I did it. The agency in NYC is not hiring me now!! I am crying as I write this post. I feel like I had everything and now I have nothing.

NJ does not hire people like me. They want people with 12 months nursing home or long term care facility experience. All I am is a home health LPN with 12 months in an agency that fired me after a car accident. Places in NJ do not want me. What do I do? I wanted to work soooooooooo bad. I feel like I am unmarketable. What can I do to get a job? My heart is aching. I am so upset.

You are lucky if the patient does not file a formal HIPAA complaint against you, your former agency still might. He is right to be annoyed that you gave out his protected health information not an "ungrateful dog" as you uneloquently refer to him. You were wrong. You need to be apologetic. There are plenty of long term care facilities that hire inexperienced nurses and there is no such mandate that you work for a year before eligibility for hire, if there are more nurses applying than jobs of course they may hire an experienced nurse over you. Federal law mandates references from former nursing employers of the facility participates in certain programs. (Nursing home = long term care).

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PacoUSA is a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

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You really did violate HIPAA by giving your patient's phone number and identity to the agency. And even if that would not have been a violation, you didnt even call the patient in advance to ask them if it was OK to use him as a reference? You should have stood your ground and insisted on not providing your client info on HIPAA grounds, and that agency should have known better than to put you in that position. I understand you were probably under desperation so did not really think this through.

But it does not sound to me like you have exhausted your job search efforts. How long ago were you fired? You just need to keep trying because getting a job these days is not an overnight ask. You need to pick yourself up and keep trying. LPN in home care? RNs with BSNs are having a tough time as it is. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh to hear, but seriously you just need to stop feeling like life is over and keep moving forward. There are nurses out there that I am sure have been through far worse and have somehow emerged from what they thought were impossible situations.

You will too.

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I'm a New Grad, I have several job offers now 9 interviews later... I submitted about 100 applications to different places! Before and during nursing school, I volunteered with kids and Red Cross and I was able to put that in my resume! I also helped out with my nursing school fundraiser for our pinning ceremony so the instructors saw that effort and it paid off because I was able to use them as my references.

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I'm a new grad, I'm glad to find this thread. Thank you for delicating the time to share the useful information.

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