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Joined: Apr 18, '10; Posts: 15 (13% Liked) ; Likes: 2
CRC; from US
Specialty: Clinical Research

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    I'm a new grad starting my first CRC position and was offered a salary of slightly more than 35K??? Is this typical of a new RN with zero research experience???? This is in NC/SC and the entry level pay for new grad RNs is sadly only slightly more. I'm curious if this is accurate, from what I've read on here and found on the pay is a lot more!?

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    I graduated in Dec '09... passed the NCLEX in Feb '09... and just landed my first RN position (in research) last week. I began my search last October and only scored one hospital interview in the last six months (that I didn't get)... I'm in NC.

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    Well... I accepted the job!!! I honestly just couldn't stand to be unemployed any longer (not to mention my student loans begin next month) and I truly don't believe a hospital position is going to open up any time soon... it's just TOO saturated.

    On a positive note, the research position has such great potential, I would be a fool to pass it up. Perhaps my career was meant for a different direction other than bedside nursing?! Although, I never thought I would have a job with a desk or a cubicle... that might take a little getting used to...

    Either way, I'm ecstatic to begin a new adventure!

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    koreaabc92 likes this.

    I just accepted my first RN position in NC at $17/hr... I made $17.50/hr as a Tech in Michigan during nursing school.... boo!

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    I'm a Dec '09 grad who unfortunately, like so many others, has yet to secure an inpatient, acute-care nursing position. Through networking and what I call, sheer luck, I've been offered a position as a CRC. I would be joining a team of CRCs, one of whom is also an RN. I've had multiple interviews, toured the facility and met most of the staff. I'm honestly way more excited about this position than I initially thought I would be. I've been researching like CRAZY about what the job would entail and all the regulations and information I would have to learn. It's a bit overwhelming, kind of like learning a new language, but very exciting at the same time. I realize that by accepting such a position straight out of nursing school may make it extremely difficult to ever enter the hospital setting at a later date; however, I feel this is such a rare opportunity that I couldn't not accept.
    I've spent the entire weekend researching the position from the internet, this forum, the ACRP, etc. And found several books on that provide the basic fundamentals of clinical research (explaining the different phases, FDA regulations, IRB, etc.)
    I'm curious though, which is what led me to this post, is how difficult it will be to transition from a new grad to CRC with no research experience???
    I just want to be sure I'm not getting into something that's way over my head?! I realize this position is COMPLETELY different than any hospital new grad position and fully understand there will be less patient contact and copius amounts of detailed paperwork. Which I am okay with...
    Any thoughts or advice from current CRC's would be much appreciated!!!!
    Thanks in advance!

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    i agree, sending a cover letter will help. in addition to applying online, you could always construct a small portfolio, which should include your resume/cover letter, 3 clinical/professional letters of recommendation, awards/certifications, etc. and then mail this to hr. you should also find out the hr recruiter's name and address it to them specifically.

    also, i'm from detroit, are you applying to the hospitals downtown?

    it's a rough area, but loaded with trauma experience (gunshot wounds, mva, gang fights, mental health, etc.) and much easier to get a job at henry ford health system, st. john's, detroit receiving, sinai grace, children's hospital and even karmano's cancer institute. furthermore, they're more apt to hire a male nurse due the aggressive environment, especially in the er (not sure what type of nursing you're interested in).

    i do know that most of my classmates (i graduated in dec '09 from a university near detroit) found a job downtown as opposed to the suburbs. secondly, almost all of them got a job as soon as they passed the nclex. seriously, only maybe 5 out of a class of 60-70 actually secured a job before passing. once they did pass, everyone started getting interviews and job offers like crazy (makes me so jealous!)... especially at the university of michigan hospital and oakwood in dearborn... they l o v e bsn graduates!

    i wish you the best of luck!!!! and don't get discouraged if you don't get an offer right away, it will be easier once you get your mi license. it just sucks waiting! i think it's harder for out-of-state graduates to get noticed, especially when there are so many in-state graduates to look at. once you finally have a mi address and rn license, you'll have better chances. trust me, i wish i had stayed in mi upon graduation, because i still haven't found a job! least you're moving to an area with slightly better options!

    hope this helps...

    best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! :d


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    I agree with many of the posts above. There are so many avenues of nursing, it's not limited to just working med/surg. Although I do believe that kind of experience is a great way to get acclimated to bedside nursing. With that said, not EVERYONE is meant to do bedside nursing. There are infinite possibilities with a BSN. I have a friend who does research and pediatric clinical trials. I have a friend who works with teenagers in an underserved community through the public health department. I have a friend who, like you, loves the geriatric population and just started working at an assisted living facility. And lastly, I know someone who's the only school nurse in a thirty mile radius and somehow manages to oversee/manage thousands of children, also in an underserved population.

    Sooooo... please don't give up! I'm a new grad who hasn't had the chance to start my first job yet and trust me, I'm terrified, petrified, and excited just like the next person. Even though I worked as a tech in my last year of nursing school and felt confident taking on up to four patients in my very last clinical... I still know that the "reality shock" is going to hit once I'm out there and on my own... and I only hope (to the man upstairs) that I can critically think when sh** hits the fan!

    You may even want to consider volunteering at a free clinic. It's a slower pace, but still gives you the medical experience. Although you may not get paid, it's rewarding just the same.

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    AnaCatRN likes this.

    Who told you that you cannot volunteer in a clinical setting? Have you tried your local Red Cross Chapter???

    I'm a new grad who has not been fortunate enough to find a job either. So I feel your pain.

    However, you mentioned that you've had "eight" interviews and not one job offer? Even though it's been almost a year, eight interviews is a lot (to me, anyways)! That's almost one every month! Which is GREAT that you've had that much success in actually getting to that point. I've spent over four months trying and have only scored one interview to date... which unfortunately, I bombed. Do you think perhaps there's something you could improve on as far as your interview skills?!? I'm the first to admit that my nerves get the best of me in public speaking situations. And I say public speaking, because my first (and only, so far...) nursing interview consisted of being drilled question after question by a panel of EIGHT nurses (one manager, one charge, and six staff RNs)... this sparked some serious anxiety and there were a few questions I wasn't prepared enough to answer. Needless to say, I didn't get the job, but the experience (as dreadful as it was) definitely prepared me (hopefully, anyways) for the next interview I endure.

    Also, I volunteer at a local free clinic for patients with cardiovascular disease, HTN, DM, etc. They are fully aware that I'm a new RN who's currently jobless?! I found them through ... Volunteering is great way to network. Not that it has helped me, but you never know...

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    Oh, but I would check with the nursing department. Lori used to be the secretary, but I can't remember if it's someone else now and make sure there aren't other requirements.

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    Yes. You're given so many points for an A or A-... and it depends on how many credits per grade (was it a 3 or 4 credit course). Here's a website with a GPA calculator and you can tally up your GPA with those core classes.

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    I believe it is. I'm a recent graduate and although I applied a little over three years ago, I'm sure it gets harder and more competitive every year. I'm not sure if acceptance is based on the same criteria, but at the time they only looked at pre-req courses required to get it and your GPA for those courses ONLY. They accepted the highest 80 GPAs based on those courses. The first time I applied, I didn't get in. My GPA for the pre-req courses was a 3.6... the bio chem and micro kept me from getting higher (they were soooooooooooooo hard)... anyway, I retook a few courses to replace Bs with As and was able to get into the program the following year. So the closer you are to getting straight As in all the core pre-reqs... the greater your chances are. UNLESS, they changed this?!?

    Hope this helped!

    Best of luck!!!!


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    I actually went to school out-of-state, so unfortunately (to my disadvantage), I'm not at all affiliated, nor do I have any connections to any of the hospitals in or near CLT. I moved to NC in December because of my husband's job. I've gotten to know a few staff nurses through the months of living here, but that hasn't proved to be helpful. So I started volunteering at various medical and non-medical places. I applied to Presby back in November and immediately received a call back telling me they were only hiring "internally" and that perhaps after January they would begin hiring external candidates (If spots were still available). Well, I did call back in January (... and February, and March, etc.) and their response was they were getting ready to only hire/interview May 2010 graduates... and thus began another circle of answers that led to N O W H E R E!!! ...And somehow it doesn't even matter that I passed the boards! They would rather hire someone who... 1.) hasn't graduated yet... 2.) hasn't scheduled nor taken the boards. So crazy to me!

    On a positive note, I do believe it will all work out. It just may not be in the way I expect it to start out.

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    justwandering... did you graduate in Dec or this semester??? I haven't received such a letter, however, I don't understand why they would hold on to my application for three months and not yours?!? Or maybe my rejection letter is still in the mail... Do you have any idea as to why? I'm really sorry; try to keep your head up and believe that perhaps you were not meant to begin your nursing career with CMC, and instead, were meant for much bigger and better things!!!

    Your suggestions are great and give those of us who need it, much hope! Best of luck to you as well... and try to stay positive!!!


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    justwandering31- I feel your pain! I just recieved my "rejection" letter from Piedmont. And unfortunately that's the only interview I've been able to score in two months of trying. Did you have an interview at CMC? I applied in Jan and haven't heard a thing! I graduated in December, but missed the October deadline for December graduates. I've called a million times, but the recuiter says the same thing every time, "We are only hiring/interviewing May 2010 graduates at this time." ...Sooooo frustrating!