New Graduate Nurse NYC



I'm a newly graduated BSN student fresh out of school with no previous nursing experiences. Been trying to apply for jobs in Manhattan for weeks. NYU, NYP, Mount Sinai, etc., and haven't heard back. Wondering if anyone has experience in this? Advice? Suggestions? 



CN101, BSN, RN

196 Posts

Specializes in Dialysis. Has 2 years experience.

This is still my experience with a BSN, RN license and almost 6 months of chronic dialysis experience. Those hospitals are very hard to get into without connections or experience. Don’t give up, though. Some people have gotten in. But don’t limit yourself to just those hospitals. Try Westchester and some of the public hospitals too. 

Enarra, BSN, RN

146 Posts

Specializes in Ambulatory Primary Care. Has 11 years experience.

I feel your pain and would encourage you to keep doing work you're doing:  apply everywhere anywhere nursing home, covid vaccine clinics they're always hiring, hospitals, even consider relocatting to upstate NYS for 1 year just to get that golden 1 year of experience.  what you don't' want to happen is be unemployed for 1 year with no RN exp then you become a stale grad and then become unhirable because recruiters believe your nursing skills have become rusty and new grad programs only accept well new grads which is defined as graduated under 1 year.

FYI 10 yrs ago it took me 450+ unique applications and something like 5-6 months of nonstop daily applications to get 2 job offers and 1 job acceptance.  I had no connections no contacts, nada it was alot of hard work, persistence and it paid off.  Now? I can get into any hospital I want should I want to change jobs.  I've got the skills, experience, certifications and degrees.

You can do this! keep trying and keep an excel or some form of traCKING sheet going so you know who you spoke to when and whenre and when to follow up and what you talked about. trust me it helps when you're applying to hundreds of jobs.

Specializes in IR. Has 3 years experience.

Get an entry level position at a smaller hospital, or even outpatient, work for a year and then start applying to jobs you really like. My advice would be to limit your applications to a specific specialty or unit that you want to work on. For example, if you are applying within the NYP network it all goes through Workday (their online application/onboarding platform) and the recruiters at all the hospitals in the system can see what other jobs you've applied to. If you are all over the place that doesn't look good, it looks like you will take anything and don't know what you want. Keep getting experience where you are, and apply to the same units or areas where you want to work. You will eventually have enough experience and they will call. I applied to the same unit three-four times over the last 10 months and finally got an interview and then an offer. It takes time and persistence, but focused persistence. I was not applying to multiple jobs, only that specific unit and maybe two other positions on similar units at the other hospitals, but I kept it in the same specialty to let them know I was serious. They may offer other units after they call you but let them do that, don't go crazy applying to all kinds of jobs. The recruiters gauge your potential first way before the managers see your resume, you're appealing to them really so think about what recruiters look for in a solid candidate, not necessarily what your desired unit might look for, that comes after the recruiters 'notice' you. They are the gatekeepers.  

Bookish_SN, ASN

125 Posts

I say continue applying to everything. I'm a new grad and I've received call backs, offered a job in an HHC hospital, and been hired at a private hosp. There are a lot of openings currently. I say just continue submitting.