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  • Apr 18 '13

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    1.5 years after graduation and I have not a single nursing job under my belt. What is a girl to do after spending all that money and time and work on an education?

    I've come up with a plan? What do you think?

    What if I allowed my RN license to lapse by not renewing it and I applied for work as a CNA/PCT in order to get into the hospital, get experience and make connections. Then after a year or so I could reinstate my license and hopefully get hired at the hospital where I was working as a CNA. Any thoughts on this wacky idea? What would a nurse manager think of hiring an RN who had let their license lapse to work as a CNA?
    Don't do it!

    It is no small thing to allow a RN license to lapse, or going inactive just because you cannot find employment as a new grad is like using a sledge hammer to swat a fly.

    Then there is the fact you may *not* even be able to find CNA work, with or without your active RN license. Consider also just because you gave up or otherwise let your RN license lapse and something subsequently hits the fan you won't be held to the standard of a professional nurse. The ship has sailed in regards to that as far as you are concerned. You've been to and graduated from nursing school and passed the NCLEX, hence are a professional nurse if even only a new grad with no experience. You will not be able to claim ignorance of the standards regarding a professional nurse.

    Know things are rough out there for new grads but you've got to keep keeping on; so brush up that resume, network, and otherwise hit the pavement. Tried old advice I know but sooner or later things will go your way.


  • Apr 18 '13

    Per the OP's post history, moving out of the country for six months and then having a baby right after graduation probably didn't help her employment situation.

    There are plenty of stale old grads on this site. Not sure why this concept is so shocking. :lol:

  • Apr 17 '13

    Thinking about everybody in Boston, victims, first responders, nurses & docs. Hope everybodys doing ok.

  • Apr 17 '13

    "If your willing to do that, you really don't love nursing, you just want a job in it."-ovrit


    "Go back to school" -serenitylove14


  • Jun 13 '12

    It is doubtful that you would get hired into an ICU as a new grad who had waited over 6 months to start working ... and 5 months pregnant. ICU orientations (particularly for new grads) cost the employer lots of money and a good (smart) employer will only invest that money in people they see as "staying put" for a while and working in that unit for a long time to justify the cost of the training. But I will never say "never" because crazy things do sometimes happen.

    I think your best bet is to develop realistic expectations and make a plan to get and ICU job as your 2nd or 3rd job -- not as your 1st. You'll probably need to refresh your nursing skills from school as well as make that critical transition from student to working professional nurse as you orient to your 1st nursing job. You'll also need to establish a track record of sticking with a job long enough to be worth the training investment. Focus on getting a good job in an acute care area (general med/surg, step-down unit, telemetry, etc.) that will give you a good orientation so that you can develop your skills and prove your worth. Then, after a year or two, start looking into ICU options.

    It's worth a shot applying for ICU internships if you can make the committment to stay there for a while ... but don't hold your breath.

    Good luck to you.

  • Nov 3 '11

    Quote from vicki marie
    Glad you're getting good experiences but just a heads up, at my school this would be considered a violation of HIPPA and could bring serious consequences so be careful
    It's a violation of everyone's sanity on this board when folks post about "HIPPA".
    It's not "HIPPA".
    Before you jump on someone about violating it, learn how to spell it... and it's helpful to know what it stands for so that you can spell it.

    The original post does not violate HIPAA.
    Nowhere is the pt identified.

  • Nov 3 '11

    Glad you're getting good experiences but just a heads up, at my school this would be considered a violation of HIPPA and could bring serious consequences so be careful

  • Oct 20 '11

    I didn't work for a bit over 5 months after I graduated. I took NCLEX 2 months after graduation, then had my son and spent some time being a stay at home mom. Enjoy life. Nursing is not everything. If you can afford it, enjoy every moment you can not working!!

  • Oct 19 '11

    Seriously, there are not enough jobs to go around. If you have important things to do you should do them. See if you can find work, sure! But consider that with the economy and unfriendly facility hiring practices at this time, you would not want to put too much effort where it will likely gain you little if you have more important things that should take priority. Go to Italy!!! It's that or spending that same time sitting at your laptop trolling for nursing jobs. I'd have rather been in Italy.

    Take everything a nursing instructor says with a grain of salt. If that instructor can get you a job, then great!!! If they cannot, then well... Here is the fact. Nursing colleges tend to make you think you can do "anything" through most of your college time, it's all positive - that is until you are about to graduate, then they start to let you know that it will be very tough to find work as a nurse. That is about when you realize you need to just live your life, and that nobody was very honest with you from your college from the getgo.

  • Oct 19 '11

    I waited 6 months after graduation to look for a job. I just needed the break. I spoke with a recruiter prior to making my decision and she flat out said there would probably be more opportunities for me AFTER I am licensed. (She some some specialties at her hospital will hire new grads but will only look at their apps if they are licensed.) When I did start to apply, it took a couple of weeks, but, got the call in the area I wanted. I interviewed on Friday, got offered the job on Monday. Was I in the pool with newer grads? Yep. But the difference between them and me? I had a shiny license in my pocket and could start right away!!! I started with 2 brand new graduates who were interns for 6 weeks while they took boards. I'm now considered more senior than them! Sometimes being an "old, new" grad has it's advantages!! Take your boards, do what you need to do, and start applying a month or so before you come back.

    As far as losing skills in 6 months, to be honest, once I started working I was like - did I even learn any skills???? None of the things they focused on in school seemed to apply to the real world. You can teach catheter insertion all day on a dummy but until you are I&O cathing a 16 week old or placing a Foley in a 100 year old, you will never really know how to do those skills. Your not going to forget how to turn a patient, how to put a patient on bedpan, etc in 6 months!!! Plus, at least in my area, you go through a whole orientation process where the hospital teaches you skills the way THEY want you to do them.

    I wouldn't worry!

  • Oct 6 '11

    Where was your instructor at this time, or the nurse you were working with? They should have come in the room with you if you were giving meds, then they would have also been able to help you in this situation. With that said, I think you did the right thing. If the MD doesn't give meds regularly himself, how does he know if the nurses usually give it fast or slow? Personally, I would give it slow just like you did and I wouldn't let him tell me otherwise. Like others said, he could give it himself if he wants it done faster (and just document that the md gave it). Still, why couldn't he still do the assessment with you giving it slow? Couldn't have have just gone to the other side of the bed? Sounds to me like he was just trying to be difficult. Families definitely do appreciate when you stand up for the patient's safety like you did. It sounds like you will make a great patient advocate and a great nurse

  • Oct 6 '11

    Sometimes, I'm just a witch. This would be one of those times. I would have told him to step outside for a couple minutes and he could come back when I was through.

  • Oct 6 '11

    You did fine, and remained professional. But I too wonder your instructor or primary nurse was, we never allow students to give meds unsupervised.

    All the snarky comments are what we'd like to say, but don't because we don't lower ourselves to the poor behavior.

    and I have had a patient who had permanent hearing loss because her Lasix was pushed too fast in another facility; so handing the doc the syringe was not a viable option as he may well have caused harm to the patient. He could easily have interviewed the patient while you finished; talking to someone before physically assessing is expected.

  • Oct 6 '11

    He was pushing his weight around, or swinging his, well - you know. You did well to stand your ground. Next time, yes, I think finishing when he's done would be better. After all, he IS God. And a legend in his own mind.

  • Oct 6 '11

    <confused look> Ummm, am I so fat you can't see around me? I know I need to lose a few pounds, but I'm not blocking the entire bedside!<change to innocent look>