New Grad desperate to work!!

  1. Hey guys I graduated Nursing school in december and I passed my boards in feb. I have been looking and applying for jobs ever since and no one has called me for an interview. I've applied to over 30 positions! I'm really passionate about maternal child care, NICU, and peds but no one wants to give me an opportunity because I dont have experience. I am willing to take med surg or tele to get experience and then transfer to peds. Does anyone know hospitals hiring new grads currently? or hospitals hiring new grads that have peds in their hospitals? I'm so lost and i dono what else to do...any advice would be of greate help. thanx!!!
  2. Visit Lilia7 profile page

    About Lilia7

    Joined: Apr '09; Posts: 23

    21 Comments

  3. by   somar55
    Lilia7-

    I am in the same boat as you. I too graduated Fall 2008 and passed boards in march. What is making it harder for us to get new grad jobs is this not so great recession. I'm frustrated already of waiting and waiting. What state are you looking at working at?
  4. by   Lilia7
    So far I've been applying to all the hospitals through out NJ, Im also considering NY but to get the NY license it take about 2months and it still doesnt guarantee a job so I don't I have the patience to go through that. If hospitals in NY told me for sure I would get a job then I would invest the time and money.
  5. by   stella2blue
    I am really sorry to hear, after all your hard work and dedication, that you are unable to find a job.
    Have you tried LTC or Bayada?
  6. by   ladyash
    If you try NY, St. Vincent's is having an open house today from 3pm-7pm and new grads are welcome
  7. by   kargirl
    I'm also a new grad and Bayada was at a Job fair last month and told all of the nw grads they don't hire new grads, also all of their jobs posted on Monster ask for experience. The same goes for most of the LTCs in NJ, they want experience or LPNs.
  8. by   flipper628
    Hey guys, I too graduated in Dec and got my license in Feb. I applied everywhere and finally got my first job. It is only PT and it is in psych. Maybe not your first choice but you have to take whatever you can get. I applied to over 300 jobs before getting an interview. I even started cold calling nursing homes.

    As far as Bayada goes, you have to have 1 year of experience as a paid RN, in any field. As long as you have been working somewhere for a year as a RN they will consider you. So if you are passionate about peds and something that you want to do get in anywhere you can and then do your time. You may actually like what you end up doing. Thats what I had to do anyway.

    I know New York is going through the same thing, well when I read their boards it seems like they are.

    Just keep sending in those resumes and attending the career fairs and something will pop up. I know exactly how you feel so dont give up!!! I know its frustrating belive me but hang in there and good luck.
    Last edit by flipper628 on Apr 29, '09
  9. by   Lilia7
    Thanx everyone for replying!! its just frustrating and hard to wait and have no one call u back, while hearing that no one is hiring new grads. I had no idea it was going be this hard when I started nursing school. well if anyone hears of anywhere thats hiring in new grads, i would love to know and i would do vice versa.
  10. by   Jan_80
    Quote from Lilia7
    Thanx everyone for replying!! its just frustrating and hard to wait and have no one call u back, while hearing that no one is hiring new grads. I had no idea it was going be this hard when I started nursing school. well if anyone hears of anywhere thats hiring in new grads, i would love to know and i would do vice versa.
    There's a job fair coming up from ADVANCE Nurses; taking place at the Javit center (NYC) on May 8th. Good Luck!!
  11. by   waitingforthedream
    I got my first job as a new grad (grad from Feb, 2009) from checking the jobs out that are posted on INDEED.com and checking the ones that were posted that morning. I would get in my suit (forget submitting on line) and go to the place in person and ask to fill out an application. Sometime I got lucky and was interviewed on the spot. On-Line applications are a waste of time, you are one of 1000's of pieces of paper. They never get to see the real you. This is how I came into my first job. GO OUT AND SELL YOURSELVES!!!!
  12. by   Lilia7
    Hey Congrats!!!
    where are u working if you dont mind me asking? did u ask for the nurse recruiter when u went to apply or did u just fill out and application?
  13. by   waitingforthedream
    It was an open house, I would rather not say where right now. I don't start till next week. But I was so over the online applications, they see new grad and your in the shredder! Usually it is HR that sees you first, and if you are lucky you go on to DON or manager.
  14. by   JerzeeMike
    I have to concur with waitingforthedream, applying online is a complete waste. I applied for 30 jobs in the past month and in one day all my applications were deleted and the jobs were still posted as open positions. Many places tell you straight off that they're not taking on new grads at this time. The reasoning from many recruiters I've spoken to is that it cost more money to train a new grad and older nurses aren't retiring right now bc of the economy. Add that to the fact that many hospitals have PCAs in nursing school that the hospital is paying for and it gets much harder for external candidates to be considered for open positions.

    On another post I saw someone said that recruiters don't like to consider new grads that have been out of school more than 6 months bc they're out of clinical practice too long. I graduated in December and passed my boards in March. I'll be out of school 6 months next month but with no hospitals really hiring I don't know what I'll do. Guess I'll just keep applying and making contacts where I can.

close