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

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by pat8585 pat8585 (New Member) New Member

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How are your prospects looking? Should we believe that healthcare is booming?

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I graduated in December 2010, passed the boards in February of this year and have sent over 60 or so applications. I have had multiple rejections, 2 resumes forwarded to hiring managers (didn't get an interview or the job), 1 phone interview by a talent scout used by the company (did not get that job even though they accept new grads) and I finally had an IN FACE interview for my dream job as an OR nurse (Internship does not start till July).

In the meantime, I had an interview last week with a mental health facility for a Psych Nurse position. I was offered the job on the spot and will start orientation next week and work PRN on the weekends. Although, this is not my dream job it seems better than the alternative of not having a job in this economy. I've heard stories of of people graduating a year ago and still not able to find a job because they have no experience.

I'm in Dallas, TX. I hope your prospects look better.

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I got a supervisor position from the nursing home where I've worked for 2 years as LVN charge nurse and treatment nurse. Unfortunately, that means someone was fired in order for me to get the job...so the staff in the company is hating me for it...when it wasn't even my fault. I was merely another person needing a job to pay my bills. Oh well, it's either I deal with people's gossip or be jobless. In the meantime, I am trying to find acute hospital experience like everyone else here.

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180+ apps and counting. I might have one interview coming up. 1st one. There is no nursing shortage. Don't believe the hype. If there was one hospitals would hire new grads.

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ParkerBC,MSN,RN works as a Assistant Professor.

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I graduated in April of 2011 and will begin working in the ED the first week of June. I was reading these posts before going to nursing school. I focused on suburb hospitals. The part that sucks the most is that I will be driving about 1 hr and 15 minutes one way to go to work. Hopefully after a couple of years, I can find work closer to home.

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marcos9999 has 5 years experience.

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Graduated Dec 2010 over 150 jobs applied and resume sent. No reply to any, sorry I got a few, maybe 3 that saying they were reading my application, wow. I got one interview but only because I have a strong connection to that hospital, no job because there was no one to train me. Will start chasing managers down the halls and request informational interviews and handing my resume + letter LOR. I volunteer in the HR of the county, have known many of the hiring managers but no signal of jobs for new grads. I need a miracle. I am MSN, CNS, ACLS speak three languages. Running out of ideas here.

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JeanettePNP has 2 years experience and works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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I am MSN, CNS, ACLS speak three languages. Running out of ideas here.

You graduated from a direct-entry MSN program? What types of jobs are you applying for?

I'm a new grad BSN, August 2010, couldnt' find a job after 6 months, decided to go back to grad school. Your post is definitely NOT what I want to be reading at this point.

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marcos9999 has 5 years experience.

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You graduated from a direct-entry MSN program? What types of jobs are you applying for?

I'm a new grad BSN, August 2010, couldnt' find a job after 6 months, decided to go back to grad school. Your post is definitely NOT what I want to be reading at this point.

Hi Jeanette,

I am applying for RN positions in Med Surg. that's all. Having a Masters degree is not a bad idea right now because hiring managers have the luxury to pick the cream of the crop, so anything you have that puts you above of the crowd is a good thing. But also going back to school right now is a good idea because you are waiting for better time to come. The bottom line is that hospitals don't need to hire new grads, its costly and a hassle and they don't need because there are a flood of nurses who showed up to work coming from all four corners of the universe. But like they appeared out of nowhere they could also go back to where they came from without any warning. This is not new to nursing but I think this depression we're having is a real bad one and no one knows when it will end, we're are going into the 4th year now.

Good luck for us all.

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SierraMoon has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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I don't know about booming but everybody looking for a job in my class of 18 has one.

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I have a job, contingent upon passing NCLEX of course. Others in my class are complaining about no job prospects, nobody will answer their emails, etc...

These are the same people that refused to start networking until about a month ago.

I'm telling you, half of the battle is who you know and who knows you.

EDIT: Healthcare is not "booming", but there is certainly no lack of jobs where I am. I think most people confuse the word "booming" with the word "handout".

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I don't think applying for 200+ jobs is expecting a handout. I have applied at LTC, prisons, hospitals, multiple other states, Dr offices ect... I don't expect a handout but at least one interview before I am rejected by e mail (or never even contacted) would be nice.

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I don't think applying for 200+ jobs is expecting a handout. I have applied at LTC, prisons, hospitals, multiple other states, Dr offices ect... I don't expect a handout but at least one interview before I am rejected by e mail (or never even contacted) would be nice.

Oh I know, I'm not accusing you of expecting a handout as I'm sure you've worked very hard in your endeavors thusfar. However, I do see a pattern of people (nursing hopefuls and laypeople) that think job offers will be flooding your mailbox the second you graduate.

Best of luck, keep at it, something will make itself available.

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