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NO NURSING JOBS!!!

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JaqRN JaqRN (New) New

So I'm a new grad--passes boards 2 months ago..and ever since I have been applying, calling, and begging every hospital in the city for a job! We have 22 nursing schools, just in the Columbus. This is as simple as supply and demand. For years all you heard about was the "nursing shortage", so everyone went to school to become a nurse.Now we have soooo many nurses(here at least) that many of them are jobless. I heard someone say they just went down to HR and asked to talk with someone...well I tried that twice and gave up after not making it past the front desk.

#1 Where is there a nursing shortage in the US?

#2 Advice please???

I think there are opportunities for experienced nurses. But as you and I have found, when it comes to graduate nurses, the "nursing shortage" is a big lie.

I recently heard that Ohio is spotty. For instance, a friend says that in Cincinnati all the hospitals are still hiring new grads. Can you relocate?

Pooksmom1996

Specializes in Home Care,Psych, Long Term Care.

It is much easier for new grads to find a job in Long Term Care or on a Transitional Care unit. If you get in at a good place, it can be a very rewarding area to work in.

Good luck!

Pooksmom

kathleenincal

Has 2 years experience.

California has a nursing shortage. But with the new budget that past here I am sure alot of nurses with be leaving this state because of the new tax increase. Las Vegas is offering a 10K sign on bonus. I understand your frustration. all hospitals want 'experience'- how do you get experience if no one hires new grad? but there are alot of hospitals that do. you just have to dig and dig, tho at times it feels like your digging a grave. I know because I am a new CNA and am living on welfare until I get hired. geez, Lord, help us all!

I am from Minnesota and in the same boat. I graduated in December of 2009 and have applied everywhere with no luck. I was a LPN for 14 years prior to going back to school and I feel like I educated myself right out of a job. I know people that were in the graduating class ahead of me and still have not found work. I am not quite sure where this nursing shortage is either. I have heard Las Vegas, Texas, and California are states that have Nursing Jobs open. If you come cross any information regarding open nursing jobs please share as I will do the same. Just know you are not alone.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

JaqRN,

Please consider relocating - at least for a couple of years until things open up in your home state. Other posters are correct, Texas & Louisiana are still new grad friendly.

RochesterRN-BSN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych, ER, Resp/Med, LTC, Education. Has 6 years experience.

hell I am an experienced nurse and can't find work.....well work that won't mandate nights that is......doing just per diem when I can get it..... I'm really starting to think....nursing shortage my ass!! LOL

I'm also a new grad. I graduated in June of 2009, live in Seattle, WA and still can't get a job. What I have seen is, if you are a LPN some agencies will hire you, nursing homes will hire RNs and hospitals are hiring exclusively BSNs. I have read two theories on why things are so tough for new grads, one is that the hospitals and nursings homes lack the funding to hire the nurses they need, the second is that the nurses with experience are going back to work, nurses with jobs are picking up more hours and older nurses are putting off retirement. What ever is going on I think we can safely say there is no nursing shortage. I hope you have found a job by now. If not, don't give up. :)

Seems like experienced nurses are no longer immune to the shortage of nurse openings either :(

nogitopaz

Specializes in dialysis. Has 2 years experience.

i feel the same way,,having a hard time finding anything and the schools keep advertising the nursing shortage,i dont get it,, i think the course is just going to keep getting tougher,,i dont mind the education,in fact i embrace it but there has to be a job at the end,,why pay all this money for school,oh yeah,, i was also told that male nurses are needed,,yeah right,,,

California has a nursing shortage. But with the new budget that past here I am sure alot of nurses with be leaving this state because of the new tax increase. Las Vegas is offering a 10K sign on bonus. I understand your frustration. all hospitals want 'experience'- how do you get experience if no one hires new grad? but there are alot of hospitals that do. you just have to dig and dig, tho at times it feels like your digging a grave. I know because I am a new CNA and am living on welfare until I get hired. geez, Lord, help us all!

ikr? im like, how can i have any work exp. if no one will hire me because i dont have any work exp.??? its like a big joke.. only, its not really funny..

Has anyone here had luck yet?

I am a New grad RN as of Dec and just passed the NCLEX in Jan. Unfortunately myself and other classmates have not found a job!!! I have applied it seems everywhere! It's very discouraging, I can't even get an interview! I do have classmates who are CNA already working at a hospital that will be likely to get the position first. Someone like me, that was not a CNA and really don't have medical experience outside of clinicals, seems to be the last on the hiring list. It really makes me wonder if getting a degree in nursing was worth it!

I'm in the same boat; and I feel your pain. New grad RN, BSN. Passed boards 11/2010. Only had 2 interviews, but they chose the candidate w/LVN or CNA experience. I'm thinking the reason they do this is because they think they will require less orientation (and therefore less expense for the hospital) d/t the amount of experience they already have. Makes me feel like my BSN means crap! I am a quick learner and am equally capable if not more capable of learning the ropes as any new grad w/LVN or CNA experience. I've worked in retail and have 7 years of excellent customer service and a lot of the things I did in that industry translate very well into nursing!!! I'm sorry if I sound bitter, but it gets discouraging being a rejected new grad. I've applied to nearly all of the hospitals in my area with no luck yet. I would move if it were an option, but I need to stay local because I have obligations here I can't leave. I am planning on applying to LTC/LTAC/SNF next week, but am wondering if that would interfere with my shot of being considered for new grad programs in acute care hospitals...will they still consider us "new grads" and give us new grad training if we choose to work in LTC/SNF?

I wish you luck in your Job Search. Like I said, I am in the same boat as you and feel your pain. I'm praying that it gets better for us. Who knew the toughest part of becoming a nurse was finding a job!!! Passing the NCLEX was a piece of cake compared to this brutal job hunt.

mb1949

Specializes in med surg home care PEDS. Has 2 years experience.

I'm in the same boat, graduated June 2010, passed boards in July, and nothing

Have sent 100 of resumes and applications not even an interview, I am throughly discouraged, am applying for admin jobs (have many years experience) hopefully will find something soon, my student loans are going to kill me, I regret going to nursing school

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