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New RN's...do you have a job ?

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i just got an offer for an RN position in a LTC/SNF/Rehab/Geria facility..part time/on call. i thinks it's fine..but i'm still hoping to enter in a new grad program for critical care or ED..

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ambirrgrrl works as a registered nurse.

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i feel incredibly lucky in that i have had a graduate nurse position since the last week of february. i graduated on friday. i am in the midwest. it is kind of bad here but not near as bad as some places. it also helps that i have worked in this hospital for 9 years. keep up the search, network as much as you can, and look in any and all places you can possibly think of. i wish you all luck.

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drmorton2b has 2 years experience and works as a Sub-Acute/Psychiatric/Detox.

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It all depends on your location:

1. Location

2. Types of Facilities

3. Its the Economy

The days of sign on bonuses (for non specialty/rural positions) and pages and pages and pages of nursing jobs are gone for now.. They will return.. the question is when.

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Lovelymo79 has 4 years experience and works as a Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Charge Nurse.

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I graduate in a month (June 15th), got my job last month (April 22nd). ICU new grad program, Level 1 Trauma hospital, 70-bed ICU. Oh yeah..and I'm moving 1600 miles away too.

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And where would these jobs be. B/c if there are jobs I am sure people on here would love to know where???

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ambirrgrrl works as a registered nurse.

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I am located in Southern Indiana. Not the most interesting place to live but the cost of living is low and the starting pay is more than enough for me to pay my bills!!!

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I graduated December 2010 and passed my boards mid-January. I interviewed for a private duty position right after I took my boards and was offered the job. It's tough out there though- I really credit landing this job to my previous experience as an LPN doing private duty and to my nursing experience in general.

(and I'm totally ok with NOT working in a hospital! Totally not my thing!)

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You know what I find so confusing.....a lot of people on this board (and in general) say...."go for your RN , you will have SO MANY more opportunites!" then I read some threads where RN's are NOT finding jobs.

I wonder if RN is worth the financial, emotional, and physical strain.

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mosaicism105 has 5 years experience and works as a BSN RN.

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I took a job giving me 6 hours a day for 25 dollars per hour. RN watching over geriatric clients in an adult day care center. They want me to start on June 2. I just said yes.In this economic situation, it's not advisable to be picky.

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Professional Development Specialist.

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You know what I find so confusing.....a lot of people on this board (and in general) say...."go for your RN , you will have SO MANY more opportunites!" then I read some threads where RN's are NOT finding jobs.

I wonder if RN is worth the financial, emotional, and physical strain.

Nurses are not having any harder time finding work after graduation than any other major. Yep, its hard right now. Anything else is too. If you are going to roll the dice on finding a job no matter what you may as well roll it on what you honestly want to do.

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ICUSkeenRN has 8 years experience and works as a House Sup RN CCRN.

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Graduated May 14, 2010, passed boards May 25th 2010........Got a job June 18th in ICU. I seem to be the freak of nature here because the market for new grads here SUCKS.......I did a lot of "cold calls" to unit directors of hospitals.

I am in Orange County, CA

I wouldn't go as far as to say the market is "booming" but there ARE jobs (just for RNs with experience)

For example:

After 6 months working in ICU, I was offered a Per Diem job on the side as a mobile Dialysis nurse. I also have a Nurse Registry that calls me every week asking me to work for them. I don't even have ONE YEAR YET. My point is.........take that job- anywhere you can get it. Within a few months, you can most likely go anywhere

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Lovelymo79 has 4 years experience and works as a Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Charge Nurse.

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As stared in my previous post, I'm moving. I got offered a position in the ICU in Texas I live right outside of NY City. Even in Texas, things are competitive, even for the natives. I suggest not only cold calling but visiting the hospitals, SNFs, doctor's offices. Let them see you in person. Especially if you live out of state. That shows committment. But, even if you can't move out of state, don't simply sit home and fill out applications online..pound the pavement.

I believe if you want something bad enough, you'll go after it relentlessly.

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