1 Year Experience required... but how do i get experience if you won't hire me?

  1. Hello

    I am a new grad with my RN in hand, applying to many locations around the Dallas/Fort Worth region, and a universal theme I'm starting to notice in this region, with much dismay, is 1 or more years experience required, at almost all jobs. There are hundreds, if not thousands of jobs like this for experienced RN's. However, for positions for nurses without experience are few and far apart. How does one build experience, when there are little to none jobs hiring nurses without experience? Even job placement agencies for nurses (I've contacted 2 thus far and applied for various others) are mostly unable help because they won't get paid for finding you a job, hospitals only pay them to find experienced candidates.
    To make matters more fun is many of these places require your 1 year of experience be in a relevant area, so scratch SNF off your list of places to build experience, unless this is your calling as a nurse.

    Is this something universal throughout nursing, or have I discovered a rough patch per say?
    I keep hearing about nursing shortages throughout the country and projected nursing shortages in the millions, but if they won't hire new grads, how will we build the job experience needed to fill these vacancies in the coming years, or even have any where close to the projected numbers?

    Any good advice you can throw this new RN's way?

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  3. by   HusbandofNewGradRN
    My advice to you would be to not give up and do not limit your job search. Have you considered relocating to an area that will hire and train new grads ? What about home healthcare or a LTC facility ? Maybe you can find something to get you going and then you can work your way towards your dream position. My wife has been looking for quite sometime (Phoenix area) and hasn't had any luck either as almost everyone wants one years experience. She has applied for the few new grad positions that have been available but hasn't gotten in yet. She has talked to hiring managers in person and gotten some good feedback on her credentials but it is just a rough market here for new grads. Luckily my wife is not desperate to find a job but it still doesn't make it any easier.

    You would think it might be a bit easier living in a major city and looking for a job but that doesn't seem to be the case right now. Keep your head up, stay positive and sooner or later something will come your way.

    Good luck !
  4. by   born2circulateRN
    Hey there,

    I am most definitely in the same boat. I recently graduated with a BSN this semester; however, I have not taken boards yet. But, I have been applying to new grad positions. I've gotten only 1 phone call and was told they chose the more experienced candidate - I was heartbroken for a while, but am over it. I am also relocating, which was sort of a disadvantage because I was not able to make it to any open houses. I heard it's better to place your resume in the manager's hands and talk to them, but sometimes that isn't the case. When I relocate, I do plan to go up to hospitals and personally give them my resume if I need to.

    I agree that the job market for new grad nurses is tough and that is pretty depressing. Also, getting into a residency would be a great opportunity but it is so competitive because everyone wants to apply. I've been applying to positions within a thirty minute distance, but I may definitely have to open my options. I really don't want to drive a hour, but I will if I have to.

    I would suggest to make sure you have a really good resume and cover letter. Place all of your certifications on there and everything. My resume is pretty simple, because I really don't have much to put on there. I don't have my license yet, the only certification I have is my BLS, I was not a nurse tech and hasn't had any volunteer work (besides the required community service during nursing school) within the hospital setting. So, I am definitely going to have to pray about it for sure! But, keep on applying and applying and applying. Since I am not in desperate need of a job yet, I am trying to apply to jobs that I would rather work such as hospital jobs (Med-surg and ER, would consider telemetry) and jobs with a 20-mile radius. But, after receiving my licensure or when money becomes tight, that may change. And, any time now, the manager may call and it may be a phone interview - so, practice on what they may ask, make sure you stay professional and enthusiatic...that happened to me, and I was oh so nervous! It was so unexpected.

    Stay Optimistic, Good Luck and God Bless!
  5. by   BeachFNP
    As someone who assists my manager in the interviewing process, let me just tell you that I know it is very frustrating. However, my manager likes to see that someone is interested in our specific specialty more than how many years of experience they have. Managers want someone who will be staying for awhile, and not leaving or transferring to a different department 6 months down the line. If you can get an interview, make sure you express that you will be in it for the long haul (if you are). As far as actually getting in to an interview, I am not sure what to tell you. I work in Maryland, and certain areas are requiring experience to even apply (my facility does not for general rn positions like med/surg.) look for facilities that are expanding. And really, if all else fails, you can always do long-term care for a little while until something else comes up. Just keep trying and don't give up!!
  6. by   sandyfeet
    At my hospital, many people are getting their foot in the door with non-RN positions. I have seen people start in transport or even as volunteers, successfully network and make good impressions, and land RN positions. We have to be creative in this job market! Good luck!
  7. by   knighton201
    Thanks for the support, encouragement and ideas, I'll have to get right back in the saddle tomorrow and keep on trucking!
  8. by   not.done.yet
    In DFW the hospitals for the most part won't hire outside of their internships for new grads, which post twice a year and are filled long before graduation takes place. Summer internships are pretty much past at this point. You can watch for the next wave, which will post in the Sept-Nov timeframe for January start dates, but that doesn't help you right now. I graduated in December of 2011 and was lucky enough to get a full time internship in a critical care area at a local hospital. That offer came to me in October of 2011 - three months before graduation - for a start date at the end of January. Many of my classmates are still looking for work. About half of us had jobs upon graduation, another fourth found jobs a month or two after (mostly home health) and the rest either moved out of state or are still looking.

    There are places north of DFW (Sherman area) hiring without that one year of experience. Quite a commute but your odds will be better.

    Best of luck in your search.
  9. by   chevyv
    Apply even if they are asking for experience. There's another thread that talks about knowing the company (mission statement, specialties etc). I do agree with you, how can you get experience if nobody gives you a chance. That is the way it is here in WI as well. A fellow grad put her app in and landed a job that wanted 5yrs experience for a prn position. It was posted for so long that she put in and got it. Good luck and congrats on that RN!!

    Isn't it something that you finally jump that hurdle and make it through nursing school, then you have to face your state boards, then you have to try to find a job. Just seems like one hurdle after another hey!
  10. by   SoundRN7
    I have heard so many people say that if you are having a hard time getting an RN job then you should start applying at LTC facilities because they will hire new RNs. In my neck of the woods, central Ohio, this is not true. Even the LTC facilities want experience and are turning away new RN's like crazy.
  11. by   tothepointeLVN
    Just now it's just basic economics the supply of nurses is greater than the demand so if your an employer why spend time, money and resources training someone who may or may not turn out to be a good nurse when you have experienced nurses available to fill the slots. It's practical not personal. In general I've found most healthcare places would prefer someone else bear the responsibility of training you and they'll just scoop up the ready to go ones. This probably won't change until the supply/demand starts tipping the other way.

    In other words it's rotten luck.
  12. by   Cutter2
    Sorry it is so frustrating, I am a recent new grad, who worked in a large facility while in school, networked well, graduated head of the class (BSN) and it still took 4 months to get a position after boards. Many in my class were out of work 6-9 months out. The economy has kept many older nurses from retiring or their SO lost there job so they came back to work with experience. In the Midwest where I am there is a glutton of Nursing programs. So the shortage has evaporated apparently in a lot of places. You may try more rural less populated areas even northern prairie states ( which I happen to like). The reason facilities don't want to train new grads is that the 1st year is rough no matter where you start, something like 50% of new grads are broke and take every second of overtime they can get then burn out hate nursing and leave forever in that first year. Find an extended residency or internship to support you through that first year. This non-shortage will swing back sometime probbaly with the economy so hang in there if its your calling. If you are in it for the money (which ain't all that considering, I still love it. ) maybe try another career. The military is great experience, loan repayment in nursing and your an Officer, just a thought good luck.
  13. by   smleahy11
    I feel your pain. I had a hard time finding a position too. I volunteered at a local hospital for a few months before I got hired. It is sooo much easier getting a job when you have your face in front of people. Also, go the extra mile and get additional certifications like ACLS. It shows employers that you have drive and initiative. Last, if there are any job fairs in your area GO! Even if they do not call for new grads. Who knows who you will meet and make connections with. If they are not hiring, they may know someone who is and be willing to give you a referral.
  14. by   knighton201
    my headache is primarly in the area i'm trying to apply there are tons of jobs for experienced RN's, and I believe that they are even flying in traveling nurses, it seems to the point that they have many more experienced RN slots than they can possibly fill (though the grass always does look greener...) In my search alone I've noticed several hundred jobs which in their description say require certian number of years, most 1 year + (about half of those very specific where that year is spent as well) and a good number requiring 2-5 years experience, though most of the 2-5 year experience are supervisory positions, which I very much do not qualify for, nor would want as a fresh new nurse.

    Thanks for the extra info, I appreciate the extra insight into why new nurses aren't always welcome, and thank you for putting up with my frustrations.

    where would be a good place to get ACLS training done and what does that typically cost btw? We had a last minute incident cause our ACLS instructor to become unavailable so we were unable to finish it and get that certification complete

    edit: PS: also thank you for the suggestion of the military, actually was looking at their recruitment websites for that, though not sure i want to go that route, last i heard its a 5 year commitment as an officer to get those loans repaid, if i do end up contacting them I will let you all know
    Last edit by knighton201 on May 22, '12 : Reason: forgot some information