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NEW grad no luck landing jobs need help


I graduated back in August of 2019 with my BSN. Took NCLEX and passed it’s now March and I cannot find a job anywhere

I'm trying to stay in Texas, I have gotten interview but no luck

I've done mock interviews with the career services at school and I even have some connections..

is it worth it to go into a residency? I’m considering just applying to regular RN jobs but am worried

I need help

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

It depends on where you live. Hospitals in DFW, Austin and most of the other major cities only onboard new nurses via residencies. If you didn't apply for these prior to graduation you kind of missed the boat and now are competing with new nurse graduates who graduated after you did. If you get to August without landing a position you are going to be what is considered an "old new grad" and the doors will close even more firmly.

If you want to stay in Texas you will need to be open to working at an LTACH, SNF, jail, home health or other non-acute care job. If you are insistent you only want acute care, you will need to get out to the small community hospitals in the rural areas where there aren't so many nursing schools and they need new people badly. The Texas/Mexico border is known to need nurses badly.

COVID-19 is going to make this especially hard.

You might have to consider moving, but even experienced nurses are having trouble in some areas due to hospitals cutting back on hiring or laying people off.

Just keep at it, but recognize you will need to apply to places other than the hospital and probably places other than Texas.