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by joe567 joe567 (New Member) New Member Student

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Hello everyone, I'm a new grad BSN RN struggling to land my first nursing job in the Los Angeles area. If anyone has the same issue/knows of any job openings I'd love to help each other out. I've applied to five new grad programs but have not heard back from any of them...

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I want to help you! I was in a worse spot than u when I moved to LA as a new grad from another state and only had a ADN. There's 3 ways to get your first job. 

1. Kindred - I WISH I knew about kindred before I did the 3rd thing im going to tell you to do.  Kindred doesnt pay you well whatsoever and you will be worked so hard that you'll probably cry a few times through out the year but when that year is over you will literally be 1 off the strongest most capable RNs in the field.  Kindred is a long term acute care hospital.  Basically you would be taking care of the worse possible patients with the worse possible resources. It's stressful but if you can survive a year in kindred you would be welcomed with open arms ANYWHERE! They take new grads because they pay so very poorly. No RN would stay there. Check them out they usually have hiring events!

2. Small community hospitals - find a small poorly reviewed community hospital.  These hospitals are more nurturing and willing to hire new grads because they have high turn over and poor pay compared to the bigger hospitals.  Never apply to big hospitals.  There's no point.  They won't hire you so stop depressing yourself applying to them. A popular spot for new hires are prime healthcare facilities. They're small and they don't pay.  Good combination for a new grad to get their feet wet. 

3. Just give up hope and work in a SNF - I only recommend this if you literally need money and you have no support for your job search journey.  SNF was my first job. I absolutely hated it and it killed my soul but I needed money and I didn't know about kindred. Kindred and SNFs pay the same but at least you're actually being a RN in kindred. That's what you went to school for right? At a SNF you're a RN supervisor. I found myself being kinda jealous of the LVNs. You don't do a lot of clinical work and the SNF will harass you on your days off because they're always short. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU NEED MONEY NOW!

I hope this helps you get a job! Good luck on your search!

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PacoUSA has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

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As an experienced nurse, I would only recommend that you apply to acute care hospitals and stay away from LTACs and SNFs. Your best bet is to get into a residency program for new grads at any hospital that will take you. I would also recommend looking out of state as well where the competition is less than it is in California. I know many new grads that left the state for a year or two to complete residency/earn their nursing experience and came back to jobs in California successfully.

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