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New ASN grads that recently got hired!

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First of all, HELLO to all my fellow RN's and future RN's out there

This is my first post on allnurses.com officially as a new RN! I took the NCLEX-RN on 6/24/14- exam shut of at 75 and I wanted to vomit and not even move from the desk because I felt I needed to answer more questions. Everything around me slowed down. I got up, retrieved my ID and purse from the locker then slowly made my way out of the test center and into a bathroom. I literally sat there for a few moments just to take it all in and because I thought I was going to faint. I finally made my way to my car where I had left my phone...I went for the Pearson Vue "trick" and got the "good popup." I almost cried...for the next 72 hours I kept logging back into my account to see if I had the option for the "quick results" :nailbiting:It finally gave me that option on Thursday night so I paid the $8 like a fool only to find out that I "passed"...unofficially, officially passed. It was either later that night or the night after that I signed on to the NYS Department of Ed to finally see my name listed and my license number right next to it :roflmao: PURE BLISS. :)

Anywho, fast forward to today, 07/02...I am about 127394765964305260247356 applications deep from NYC to Albany and everything in between. I pretty much lost all hope in NYC because almost no hospital will hire a new grad with only an Associates even though I have a Bachelors in Bio and already enrolled in a BSN program for August (with graduation intended for the following August). I just did my ACLS training so I have ACLS, BLS, and CNA certification (expired now). I work in a hospital now but in administration and leaving my position August 1st but even by already being "in the system" I am not having luck. Nor am I even having luck applying to my own company for a nursing position because they want BSN!

I applied to Albany Medical Center three weeks ago today...anyone out there who recently applied and heard back from them or got an interview, etc?? What was the turnaround time for when you applied to when you first heard from someone? And then the process (timeline also) after that? I know the pay is low but from what I keep hearing it is a great learning experience especially since it is a teaching hospital. As we all know, i'm sure, beggars can't be choosers right after graduation.

PLEASE, SOMEONE, ANY INSIGHT or other suggestions of where to apply!!!!!!:confused:

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Gentleman_nurse, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral health.

I'm in the same boat as you having a BA and ADN and getting rejected without a second thought. I've heard things are better upstate so I might be joining you.

I applied to HAHV and have an interview tomorrow for a tele position! I'm nervous but if anything, it will be a really good experience for future interviews (if that ends up being the case). I also have been applying like crazy to positions through Bon Secour Health System. It's all online but you can check for status updates. So far, I must have applied to a solid 10-12 through that system and have only gotten called by HR ONCE so far (I was completely caught off guard by the call and totally blew it) I basically replied with all the wrong answers lol but again, it was a learning experience because I kept applying to more of their positions and 90% have been rejections. I did see a new update for a CV ICU position that says I'm moving along in the selection process so I am hoping I get that HR call again and answer appropriately...we shall see! I will keep you posted.

Also, I applied to AMC about 3, almost 4 weeks ago but heard it takes about a month or 2 to actually hear back from anyone there. I was really starting to lean towards AMC even though the pay is lower (so they say) but I keep hearing really good things about their Nurse Residency program and simply for the fact that it is a teaching hospital so nurses get great experience. I may shoot HR an email later this week to check in...I figure I have nothing to lose...right? :nailbiting:

I am getting so excited over the idea of working on a tele unit. I'm really interested in cardiac so i think this would be a great opportunity

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soon2bnycmhnp

Specializes in None (as yet).

how did it go? [

QUOTE=Villa112685;8007989]I applied to Kingston Hospital (Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley) and have an interview tomorrow for an ICU position! I'm nervous but if anything, it will be a really good experience for future interviews (if that ends up being the case). I also have been applying like crazy to positions through Bon Secour Health System (Good Samaritan in Suffern, etc). It's all online but you can check for status updates. So far, I must have applied to a solid 10-12 through that system and have only gotten called by HR ONCE so far (I was completely caught off guard by the call and totally blew it) I basically replied with all the wrong answers lol but again, it was a learning experience because I kept applying to more of their positions and 90% have been rejections. I did see a new update for a CV ICU position that says I'm moving along in the selection process so I am hoping I get that HR call again and answer appropriately...we shall see! I will keep you posted.

Also, I applied to Albany Med about 3, almost 4 weeks ago but heard it takes about a month to 5 weeks to actually hear back from anyone there. I was really starting to lean towards AMC even though the pay is low but I keep hearing really good things about their Nurse Residency program and simply for the fact that it is a teaching hospital so nurses get great experience. I may shoot HR an email later this week to check in...I figure I have nothing to lose...right? :nailbiting: lol

Interview went well! it was on Tuesday and I was notified on Thursday that they selected me for the position! :laugh: So excited! and to correct my previous post...it is for the telemetry unit.

Still no word back from Albany Med and Good Sam.

are those hospitals in upstate ny? I am from nj, moving to nyc soon but it seems like those are pretty far off. I'm trying for brooklyn, bronx, queens, and long island but setting my eyes on either clinics or nursing homes for now. Experience is experience and when it comes to hiring an RN who's been sitting around waiting doing nothing and losing knowledge and skills, and someone with a job as an RN somewhere, I think it's obvious who is going to get the position.

Gentleman_nurse, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral health.

Blondie1887

I highly suggest you do not move until you have a job offer. There is no nursing shortage in NYC and employers are being picky about education and experience. There are more opportunities for ADN nurses upstate.

@blondie1887 I completely agree with NY_teach about not making any major moves until you have a job offer. I personally have been in a health care system here in Manhattan for almost 3 years and applied all over NYC for positions, even in city hospitals with no avail. NYPreby won't even look at you if you don't have at least a BSN and even then I have heard that they won't even hire BSN grads that did some clinical work there through their schools and did well. I did apply internally at my current job to an OR position but didnt get the call from them for an interview until last week...AFTER I was all set to move out of Manhattan, AFTER I had already accepted another job offer. It was hard for me to turn down the interview (which i should still have taken and gone to at least for the experience but idiot me, I jumped the gun and declined) but the HR rep was extremely understanding and very sweet. She said to me "things happen the way they do for a reason. I wish you the best of luck!" and even went so far as to provide some recommendations on how to apply back in the future since I will be leaving the system. Like NY_teach said, there is DEFINITELY not a nursing shortage in NYC...the money is here, yes, but you also have to consider the living expenses. Me, personally, I have debt from my first undergrad degree, additional debt, debt from ASN school, as well as a car payment, etc, etc so I hated paying $1,400/month just in rent to live in a box and spend so much on tolls, gas, and parking. I am 28 and really want to buy/build a home soon and hopefully begin setting up to start a family in the near future. My family lives in the HV region so an hour and 45 min drive north of Manhattan is nothing really. I actually commuted 5 days a week at one point in the past and it was not too bad.

I applied in Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland County, Orange County, Dutchess, Ulster, and Albany Med...so clearly I applied all over. I was so afraid about finding a job because of what the nursing students from my school that graduated before me would say, "it's tough out there. It really helps to know someone in the industry or facility." I have to disagree with that now though...

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Yea, I dont have a choice thought I'm going to hunter it would cost just as much for me to commute daily 2hrs.