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  • Jan 12 '13

    Hello! I feel your pain. Several years ago I applied hundreds of times before making it into psych, an inpatient clinic setting. Two years later I have finally landed my dream hospital--not a dream unit but I am stir truly happy. My advice is if you don't mind, and you want to keep actively applying after you've been at it about 9 months, but psych seems to be a bit easier to get into. And go for a hospital psych unit because then your foot is in the door. I really never wanted psych, but I did it and my co workers been thought I did well. You'll get there. So my advice, broaden what your willing to do and try to stick it out for about a year! Good luck to you. Let us know how it goes!

  • Jan 12 '13

    Good Luck to you, jobs for new grads is difficult all over the country! Please let us know how it goes and GOOD LUCK

  • Jan 12 '13

    Congrats RN!

    My Advice: New grad programs are to few and far between for you to look at making yourself a perfect candidate. Apply but don't hold your breath. Your goal is to get experience wherever you can as soon as you can. Build your resume and show you aren't sitting back waiting to get hired. Take classes, volunteer, do flu clinics and health fairs, etc. The Bay Area nurse work climate is bad with hospitals laying off staff and staff striking due to no contracts--the health care economy and politics are making an already bad situation worse.

    Also, continue pursuing your BSN as in the long run this will be worth the effort you put into it now before you are actually in the work force and this becomes harder to do.

    While finding a job in the Bay Area as a new grad RN is not impossible it's just very hard, even for top of their class BSN degree RN's with ACLS/EKG certs and years of CNA experience at their local hospital with excellent reference letters attesting to their good work. Nurse work is out there, but it's usually very specialized nurses with years of experience in a sub specialty getting hired. I haven't seen a new grad on our unit in a year--and I've tried to help a couple of our wonderful preceptee's get in with no luck.

    Remember your precept connections are golden. It's all about who you know in this environment. But, at the end of the day, if a facility is not hiring you can still be the best candidate with no job. If at all possible, move further afield or to another state and consider it an adventure. Stay connected to the people who might help you come back one day. Best luck to you--we need our new blood as you guys bring such good energy to our units.

  • Oct 22 '12

    Welcome to the world of job hunting as a new grad. You are still a fresher new grad since you graduated in May 2012. So, chin up and keep at it. Good job on going after your BSN.

    New grad programs have differing requirements - some will take NO paid RN experience, while some will accept your application if you have less than a year of paid RN experience. The way the economy is right now, it is better to have paid RN experience than have a big gap on your resume.

    In this regards, my advice is to apply to hospitals and non-hospital settings in order to find a RN position. As you have already stated, you know the high number of applicants for a small number of positions. Broaden your search to up and down the state. And maybe even different states as well.

    And if you may have not done it already, visit the FB page for RN New Grads in CA. That can be another resource to vent or network.

    Best of luck to you!