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New grad struggling to land first job

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Quota is a BSN, RN and works as a Oncology nurse.

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City-Girl has 20 years experience.

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An orthopedic unit is an excellent place to start! Although the primary diagnosis may be similar, most of the patients will have other medical issues that you will be required to manage such as diabetes & HTN. You would have the opportunity to learn a specific skill set for Otho and develop time management skills. Depending on where you work you would be required to change dressings (some places the PA or ortho intern does daily dsg change), deliver pain meds as well as scheduled daily meds and tele monitoring, and some require blood transfusions due to EBL just to name a few.

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Quota is a BSN, RN and works as a Oncology nurse.

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Didn't get the ortho position either, I felt good about the interview so I guess they just liked someone else better. The medsurg position I was hoping to setup an interview for was filled before the recruiter got back to me. Lots of applications sent out for other new grad positions so hoping to hear something back for any of those. Interview to start seasonal work at Target on Monday because I need some money coming in while I continue applying for RN jobs.

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City-Girl has 20 years experience.

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Sorry to hear you did not get the job. You mentioned seasonal work at Target. Have you considered looking into seasonal work giving flu shots, tis the season. I had a friend who was in a similar situation as you and the best she could find as a new grad RN was doing flu clinics. While it did not pay well, it was a way for her to get something on her resume with an RN tittle. The company she did flu clinics for also did home care and once she showed them she was reliable she was able to pick up 1 home care patient and although that was not her fist choice, she was able to do that for a little while until more hospital jobs opened up.

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Quota is a BSN, RN and works as a Oncology nurse.

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I haven't been able to find anything for flu shot clinics or I'd be all over that. It looks like the pending offer for the medsurg position fell through because I just got a call about coming in for an interview for that position so hopefully that goes well.

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NICUismylife is a ADN, BSN, RN and works as a NICU RN.

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Your rationale for not working out of the area is that you can't afford rent and your mortgage, but you can survive on a Target salary?

You'd probably make at least an extra $20/hr as an RN, which comes out to an extra $2800ish/mo. That would more than cover the rent you state you can't afford, especially if you got a roommate. I really think you need to re-consider relocating if it's coming down to working at Target vs. relocating and working as an RN.

The further you get from graduation without a job, the harder it will be to find that initial nursing job.

Good luck.

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Quota is a BSN, RN and works as a Oncology nurse.

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The average local hospital pay isn't $20 more than what Target is paying seasonal help here. I doubt a rural hospital which would be in a lower cost of living area would be paying more than my local hospitals for new grad positions. The Target job is just to offset the amount of money going out of my bank account until I land a local job. Still waiting to hear back from my last interview, hoping HR just got slowed down from the holiday because the director I interviewed with said I should hear something before the holiday so I didn't have to anxiously wait over the holiday. Too late for that but hoping I get the job, sounded like a great unit to get started on.

I also got an email from another hospital yesterday asking to complete a reference form to continue the process but I was told I was no longer under consideration earlier this month for the position I interviewed for. So don't know what's going on there. Emailed the HR contact listed in the email to ask what's going on. Are they considering me for a job or just accidentally activated their reference program for me? Hopefully I get a response about that today.

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Quota is a BSN, RN and works as a Oncology nurse.

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OMG the site is finally back up so I can share my good news!  Finally got a job offer, after ?8? interviews I got an offer as a new grad nurse on an Oncology unit at the hospital right near my house.  Super excited to start in a few weeks.  Was a long road to get here and very stressful but ended up at the hospital I really wanted to be at.  

I had the opportunity to shadow on the unit a few days after my interview so I got a feel for the floor.  I shadowed with a new grad who has been on the unit for a little over a year, she had great things to say about the unit and the staff itself.  Seems like it will be a great place to start my nursing career.  

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Congratulations!  So happy for you and yes oncology is a great place to start your career. Please let us in on your journey!

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and works as a FNP/WHNP(E)/Educator/MedLeg Consul.

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Wonderful news, Quota.  CONGRATULATIONS!

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