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by NewNurseBSN NewNurseBSN (New) New

Is it me or is it hard to find employment? I graduated in May and I've been applying; Passed the boards in July.... still applying. This is in NY, and a few classmates I've spoken to has the same problem. I don't think there's a position I haven't applied to. Im feeling defeated.

Hi there! I also graduated in May, passed my boards in July, and am having a hard time find employment...except that I am in Hawaii. Due to my location, there is only one hospital here, and the new graduate program which we were supposed to begin interviewing for during our last semester has been put on hold until further notice due to COVID. While I understand the circumstances, it is hard not to feel defeated as a new grad with limited employment options. I have contacted 3 urgent care centers (not hiring) and was turned down by 3 different positions I applied for (home health, primary care clinic, COVID position assisting with schools) due to lack of expereince. While I don't I have any words of wisdom or advice, I want you to know that you are not alone and that I feel your pain from all the way out here! Let's try and do our best NOT to feel defeated, stay positive, and remember that the nursing profession is not going anywhere...we WILL find that first RN job at some point! Take care~

I'm in Philadelphia and I am also having this problem. I know a lot of my classmates are as well. I did an accelerated program that was 1 year. It has now been almost 6 months since I have been in a hospital! Needless to say I feel pretty discouraged. However, just gotta keep pushing through!

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

All of you: if you need a job, think corrections (jail), LTC, LTACH, or dialysis. These get looked over as they don't seem as glamorous to new grads as hospital. But they get you pay as well as experience. Just putting it out there

With 25+ years experience,  I will tell you that the hospital is not the only place that hires. Some jobs/education (CRNA, ACNP specialties) require acute care, other paths don't.  Don't let waiting for a hospital job limit you at the beginning of your career

 

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meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

100% what Hoosier just said. 

Non-hospital job = RN pay and RN experience

No job (waiting on hospitals and Covid) = No pay and No RN experience 

 

@Hoosier_RN and @meanmaryjean, Thank you for the advice, I'm not sure why you would think I'm not applying to those places but I have been applying EVERYWHERE!!. @May_2020 and @jleveille I found something in a nursing home/rehab center, and I'm so happy just to be using my credentials!! I'm still applying to every hospital opening I come across especially fellowships, good luck guys. Keep me posted!

 

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Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

39 minutes ago, NewNurseBSN said:

@Hoosier_RN and @meanmaryjean, Thank you for the advice, I'm not sure why you would think I'm not applying to those places but I have been applying EVERYWHERE!!. @May_2020 and @jleveille I found something in a nursing home/rehab center, and I'm so happy just to be using my credentials!! I'm still applying to every hospital opening I come across especially fellowships, good luck guys. Keep me posted!

 

You wouldn't believe how often many on here gave made the suggestions that we have, only to hear back "but it's not my dreeeeaaam job"....I'll cross my fingers for all of you

Nope not me LOL, but I understand! I'm working for a rehab not the best but they pay so I'm doing it for the time. Thank you :~)

@NewNurseBSN congratulations on your new position in the nursing home/rehab center. I just accepted an offer today to work at an Urgent Care clinic and I couldn't be happier about the opportunity. I wish you the best of luck on your career path! 

I’m also in the NYC area with BSN and license. Graduated this May. I’m still hoping to get a hospital position in NYC but I’m also applying out of state. 
 

If your okay moving, Maryland/DC/Virginia have plenty of new grad opportunities. I figured that if I relocate right away and get critical care experience now, I will put myself in a strong position to return to NYC in 1-2 years, since I have RN experience.

 

I'm in the same boat with finding it hard to find employment. I had a position in Philadelphia but the program got canceled because of COVID. At this point, I don't know if maybe my application is just bad because I'm not even getting interviews 😪

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

2 hours ago, semitemi said:

I'm in the same boat with finding it hard to find employment. I had a position in Philadelphia but the program got canceled because of COVID. At this point, I don't know if maybe my application is just bad because I'm not even getting interviews 😪

The market just sucks right now. Hospitals lost tons of money, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, so many programs canceled, and many positions showing open, not being filled. I'll keep sending good vibes your way

For those who have tried home health with no success, ask about extended care rather than intermittent visit work.  Employers are more inclined to hire a new grad without experience for extended care than for visits.  You can be trained to an easy case, and then progress to more complex cases, and as said before, at least you are racking up nursing experience at nursing pay.