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Job finding as a New Grad

by nswRN nswRN (New) New

I am ready to give up on nursing.

I graduated from a top ranked nursing school last May. I've been a volunteer EMT for 6 years now, and I worked as a tech on in step down unit at school per diem; but they had a hiring freeze, so I was forced to quit at the end of senior year and move back home because I could not afford to continue living out there. Since then I have applied to numerous hospitals, mostly in NJ, PA, and NY, but also a few in FL, CA, and TX. I chase any lead I get. I have gone, in person to a number of hospitals to attempt to talk to someone in HR, sometimes I do. They just tell me they have a stack of 500 or so New Grad applicants and 0 New Grad positions open. I even attempted to join the millitary as an RN until I told them I have exercise induced asthma, which apparently disqualifies you from service, even the navy.

I can't keep going on. I've applied for hundreds of positions that I think might take a new grad with no avail. I'm now applying for tech and EMT positions just to pay for something, but I can't keep going like this. Eventually hospitals are going to look me and see someone who hasn't worked in too long so their skills won't be up to par.

In college I did everything that would supposedly help me get a job afterward, and nothing is working. I don't know what more to do. I can only send out so many resumes before feeling like a complete failure. Right now I'm working construction jobs where ever I can, and that's already taking its toll on me physically.

How in gods name do you get a job as a nurse after graduating nursing school!


Specializes in Correctional Nursing, Orthopediacs.

I know it is frustrating just keep applying something will come up. Especially if you are willing to move.

I feel your pain, I graduated in may 09 and over a year later here I am, still looking for work, before you know it I am going to hit 2 years as a RN and not working. I have gone on 2 interviews and nothing came out of them and have another 1 this wed and I am praying I get this job. You said you've been looking at PA? Geisinger hospital in danville called me for an interview last week but I could not go because it is too far, you should try applying. If you can try to get in contact with the actual nurse recruiters as well.

I feel your pain, I graduated in May 09, and here I am looking for a job after the first I landed (after and year of searching didn't want me any more!) :( I really wish I knew the secret to getting a job, because clearly having a degree, or having previous experience in the medical field doesn't matter, if you have no RN experience for at least 1 year, there seems to be no hope! But I'll keep trying, naively I guess, I have no money left to go back to school for something else, and I don't know what it would be if I did, nursing has been my focus since I was a child! Good luck to you ya

Edited by eeyorelov

Sanford Health Hospital in Fargo ND is consistently hiring new grads, if you want to look into that.

duc8ti, BSN, RN

Specializes in Behavioral Health.

Its tough here in L.A. for new grads, anyone know when Northridge Hosp. starts there Versant program.


Specializes in Telemetry.

have you looked at nursing homes??

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Specializes in Telemetry.

i also graduated may of 09. however, my wait wasn't as long as most of the comments i read. i waited about 8 months before finding a job. i was applying everywhere in my area or near my area (fairfax, va...dc...maryland). no luck. i ended up hearing of job opportunities from a friend back in ny, applied...traveled for my interviews...and eventually got a job. i ended up having to relocate to ny and am currently working as an rn in a small town. the funny part was that as soon as i moved to ny, dc was calling for interviews.

i think the key to finding a new job as a new graduate is

1. don't give up

2. consider relocating to another state to get at least 2 years under your belt. some states are hiring more so than others. (alabama, upstate ny and texas are hiring-pa is barely hiring)

3. constantly send out your resume and fill out applications. i was filling out at least 10 a day, almost every day out of those 8 months of being jobless.

good luck! it'll happen...:nurse:

Little Panda RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Assisted Living Nurse Manager.

Sanford Health Hospital in Fargo ND is consistently hiring new grads, if you want to look into that.

It is difficult to even get a job at Sanford. I have put in at least 15 apps or more with no luck!

Ace587RN, RN

Specializes in ED.

Be persistent and dont give up! When you give up thats when everything goes downhill. I looked for 9 months for a job!