New grad, no job, what should I do? - page 2

I just graduated in May. I took NCLEX in June, passed, and got my license the first week of July. I am having a very hard time finding a job. I have applied to every single hospital within a 50 mile... Read More

  1. by   sherri12
    I'm not sure what state you are in but I'm in NH and we have plenty of nursing jobs open here! I see them in the newspaper, on craig's list, on the hospital websites... everywhere.
    Consider a move??
  2. by   carrie_c
    There are plenty of nursing jobs listed here, but the thing is, they aren't hiring new grads. That's the problem.
  3. by   queenmedicRN
    I graduated this June with an ASN and passed my NCLEX this July. I almost got two positions since then, but they both fell through. One of them was at a hospital, and the nurse manager really liked me. She even said that I was okay with her if HR said it was okay. HR said that they weren't hiring any new grads. I have been applying everywhere, but everybody wants experience. Even new grads with BSNs are not getting jobs. I have been a paramedic for 11 years with experience treating all sorts of medical and traumatic emergencies. I am proficient in IV access, and EKG interpretation. None of this experience means anything to HR. I was getting burnt out and disillusioned with being a paramedic which is the reason why I went to nursing school. I thought being a nurse would enable me to earn a higher salary and offer job growth (I actually do like patient care). I am very disappointed with the current job market for nurses. I had a lot of hopes and dreams about being a nurse and I feel like I was mislead somehow. I am in school to get my BSN (even though I already have a BA), but I am not sure if this will help. Thank goodness I did not quit my full time job to go to school. This idea actually crossed my mind, but I would never have been able to support myself. When I first got my license I was ready to quit my job and take any nursing job I landed, but now with this economy I am afraid to leave the security of my current job. I am heart broken and I feel like I put a lot wasted effort and time into nursing school. My heart goes out to those who are unemployed :crying2
  4. by   AndyJune
    Do take the waitress job so that you can 1) have some kind of income and 2) not going out of your mind searching for jobs all day. I'm a new grad myself and I'm actively looking for jobs, sitting behind a laptop all day. It's been about 2 months and I've got nothing, so I decided that I need a job before I go insane from the frustration of getting rejection email. Now, I'm working part-time as a cashier and looking for a RN position and volunteer to enhance my resume. Good luck with everything, you are not alone