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Baubo516 has 3 years experience as a RN and specializes in Skilled Nursing/Rehab.

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CathieRN - Where do you live? I am still considering becoming a nurse, and I am in Iowa. I am hearing that jobs are hard to find for new grads, but when I look on my local job websites and the websites for our local hospitals, I see that there are many RN jobs posted. I am just wondering in what areas of the country are RN's having a hard time finding their first job?

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Baubo516--I live in NE Wisconsin. The problem with our area is we have a Nursing School in Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh an hour south, a private nursing school 30 minutes south of Oshkosh in Fond Du Lac, three tech schools within a hundred mile radius, and this doesn't even cover the Milwaukee and Madison area schools! I would DEFINITELY recommend going into nursing! I graduated from UW-Madison in 2001 and was going to go into law enforcement--I'm soooo glad that I decided to change careers!! Another problem with the nursing career outlook is that because of the current economy, many nurses who THOUGHT they were going to retire or who the analysts thought were going to retire, decided to keep working (for the insurance, or to keep padding their retirement funds) so those jobs were not available when people thought they would be. Like I said, I would recommend becoming a nurse--with the aging Baby Boomer population we will definitely need more nurses and their isn't a job more demanding and yet fulfilling! I can't describe it--you have to experience it for yourself! Good luck!

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It IS hard to find ANY nursing job in some geographic regions. I was a travel nurse in Dallas this summer. My kids were staying with my dad in Utah and he wanted me to move there because he was having a harder time moving around. My kids were happy there and wanted to go to school there, so I moved to a town 40 mins north of Salt Lake City.

I have been a nurse for 15 years (12 as an LPN and 3 as an RN). I have worked in many areas including home health, ICU, psych, post-partum and nursery (just to name a few). I arrived in Utah in August and started working per diem and putting in applications. By the end of September, I had to apply for welfare. By the beginning of December, I took a travel assignment in St Louis and left my kids with various family/friends, just to make sure we had a xmas. During the fall, I frequently averaged 12 hours a week and had a 5 week period where I had no work at all. I was signed up with 3 per diem agencies.

I'm obviously not a new grad, nor am I inexperienced. I had home health and hospice companies tell me they were "not hiring, but we are accepting applications". Those that were could only offer part time but wanted a lot of flexibility (making holding 2-3 PT jobs very difficult). There were tons of ads for job openings, but the time between putting in an application and getting a response was an average of 3-4 months for the hospitals!!

I did not want to leave my children and was looking for any kind of work. What little per diem work I was getting was at a hospital that was a 70 mile drive ONE WAY.

So for those of you who have actually TRIED to get a job recently (new grad or not) don't be fooled by "all" the postings. There is a big difference between a company "looking for applicants" and one that is actually "hiring".

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I live in the Chicagoland area and I'm considering applying to nursing school. Is there a nursing shortage in Chicago or northwest Indiana? I've been online doing my research at various websites such as careerbuilder.com to see if there are any companies/hospitals looking for RNs. There are people out there hiring or looking for RNs however, they usually want a minimum of 1 year experience! Should I consider volunteering after obtaining an RN in order to get this 1 year experience? Volunteering may get my "foot in the door" so to speak. What are some of your experiences with finding a job as a new grad?

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Baubo516 has 3 years experience as a RN and specializes in Skilled Nursing/Rehab.

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Thanks for the reply, CathieRN!

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NickiLaughs has 8 years experience and specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.

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I have to disagree with most of these comments. If you narrow your options to being in a hospital you really are not going to have that many. Think LTC, home care, anything that will give you experience. In fact, many in the profession are starting to recommend getting in where ever you are needed. It doesn't mean you will have to stay there forever and it will give the nurse a broader base down the road. Its ridiculous to think that there are "no" positions open when, in fact, there are not ENOUGH nurses to fill those jobs that wouldn't otherwise be filled without new grads.

In some areas there are no open positions if you are not experienced. Most nursing homes are now requiring 1-2 years experience in my area. Clinics want nurses with 3-5 years clinic experience. Hospice requires a year of hospital experience.

The reason is because they can. I can assuredly tell you that in most parts of Southern California this is true. The new graduates have to fight for a few open positions in "new grad programs" at hospitals, that are often cancelled, or have 1000 applicants for 10 spots. Honestly, their best option is to move.

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There is a "national" nursing shortage.
From the preponderance of what I read here, no there is not.
If you want to move to California... you can probably get hired more quickly.
Absolutely not. California is drowning in nurses. Hospitals received hundreds of applications for postings.

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Instead of looking at Careerbuilder.com, I would look at a specific hospital's or a specific clinic's website around Chicagoland or NW IN

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