New Grad RNs - Don't give up.

  1. I graduated December 2010, obtained my license in February 2011, and looked for jobs for over 1 year. I must have submitted far over 100 applications to new graduate RN programs and far over 300 to everywhere else, for any position; and really came close to giving up on this career. After 7 interviews (yes, only 7 in 15 months), I have finally landed a job. I don't know how many times I told myself that I was going to give up on nursing because of my inability to find a position that would accept a new grad, or a position that had 3000 applicants with the same resumes as myself. Great support systems really got me through this, and I'm posting here to tell you all that it does happen if you persevere. Don't let the economic difficulties in the health care industry make you feel that you are insufficient or unqualified. Everyone gets a break, you just need to keep working at it till you obtain it. We've all gone through the same training, we've passed N-CLEX, WE CAN DO THIS.

    "To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." Give it your best shot and be prepared for opportunity once it knocks on your door. It may take longer than you expected, but it will come. Stay positive my fellow nurses!

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    New Grad on the grind.


  3. by   karamarie91
  4. by   Dumplins
    Congrats! we can do it!
  5. by   zorabanks
    Congats on finally landing a new job! Usually nurses, even new grads can find some type of nursing job although it may not be in an area that you want. What state where you looking in?
  6. by   mzjazeej
    Congrats! Did you have to leave your area? I wish you luck.
  7. by   nursejaneRN
    Thanks everyone!!

    zorabanks I live in Los Angeles so I was looking for work all over California, Washington, and Colorado.

    mzjazeej Luckily I was able to stay in Los Angeles and I'm very thankful.

    One thing that I realized was that even though I didn't get the jobs I had previous interviews for, I became quite skilled with interviews. If I can give you all tips of any kind just let me know
  8. by   blarn
    what did you learn from all the interviews ?
  9. by   TimB.RN
    Inspiring story Nurse Jane, thanks for sharing it. Best wishes to you. Also, a post regarding the important things you learned about interviews would be a great additional contribution to all of us.
  10. by   nursejaneRN
    What I learned from the interviews:

    1.) Be confident, but humble.
    2.) It is obvious that we do not know everything in those 1000s of pages we've read in nursing school, but if they ask you a question regarding something you do not know - don't say you don't know! Say that you will use your resources to find the answers, i.e. policies and procedures, textbooks, etc. They want to see that you're resourceful and independent - autonomy is big in nursing.
    3.) When you're thinking about questions and how to answer them, ALWAYS think about the individual that you would hire and the qualities that they possess. We all generally look for the same things (honesty, reliability, professionalism, responsibility, motivation to learn, self-motivated, eager to succeed, etc.).
    4.) My parents are both supervisors and my father told me that he always looks for the "I can do it attitude" my mother looks at how they carry themselves and how they answer questions. I always considered both of these on my interview preparations. They both would also ask me questions at home for practice.
    5.) Clothes: DRESS PROFESSIONAL. I don't know how many times I've seen peep toe heels, bohemian dress, and messy attire on other applicants. I'm all for individuality - but when it comes to interviews, ALWAYS dress your best. Make sure everything fits well, is ironed, and tucked in where needed.
    6.) Come prepared. Always do research on the facility you want to work for, they know your applying for hundreds of positions, but when you know things about their hospital it shows interest. They want to know that you WANT this.
    7.) Come with a set of resumes and cover letters, if its a panel of 2, bring 2 extra sets in case you get others sitting in as well. It makes you look organized and prepared (which are extremely good qualities to have in this field).
    8.) I read somewhere that you should always come in with a toolbox. In nursing interviews this toolbox includes situational answers for clinical questions that they ALWAYS ask you during these interviews. Be prepared for any and every "Give me an example of when..."

    Ok, I that is all that I can think of for now. If I have any more come to mind, I will surely post it up here
  11. by   TimB.RN
    Great post, Jane!
  12. by   nettypo
    I have a question do anyone know the average hrly wage for an Tx RN nursing home job? I live in Richmond will be taking and passing my NCLEX on Jan 31 and i am considering working for a nursing home?
  13. by   rcv88

    Can I ask what you did between graduating and landing your job? Like volunteer work, etc.
  14. by   zorabanks
    I live in TN and started out at $23.50 per hour in a nursing home as a new RN. I replyed to this question because the cost of living here is very simular to Tx. If you are a new nurse (meaning not LPN going to RN) I would suggest that you try to find a job in the acute care setting for your first year. I know that jobs are hard to come by, but once you start out in a nursing home it will be hard to change to another setting, at least that was my exp. If you can't get into a hospital try rehab or dialysis or some setting in which you will be using your skills and perfecting you assessement skills. In nursing home nurses run the facility so you wll learn a lot about managing staff, medication administration, and maybe wound care, but the orientation is usually very poor 3-7 days only, many times a new nurse is just thrown out there...sink or swim. However, if you know that the elderly population is where you want to spend your career, that you want to eventually enter management, then a nursing home may be for you. Research the nursing home before you take the job, ask about shadowing for a day or 2 first. Nursing homes usually pay much better than hospitals....Just my 2 cents...:-) Good Luck!