New Grads, It is Possible! - page 2

New Grads... it is possible! I know that I for one feel lied to, especially by my nursing instructors. Not once did they make it seem like any of us would have a hard time landing an RN position.... Read More

  1. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    There are many ways forward.

    My own took me over 200 miles from home every week to a place doing m/s work and earning about 50% of the prevailing wage with scant benefits. I continued to work hard, learn as much as I could, and network. The hard work and good attitude finally earned me a spot in the ED there and the networking opened up a part-time ED gig closer to home, albeit both gigs on nights including every Friday and Saturday.

    Finally, I managed to secure an ED position at a level 1 trauma center, though it took years of pain and sacrifice.

    Of course, my journey is not yours, but the point is that people find their way... the one thing all of the success stories have in common is PERSISTENCE.

    It can be hard to hold your head up and continue to fight the good fight but that is the only way forward.

    (Regarding ACLS/PALS, etc... they're not an advantage because many new grads already have them... unless the jobs specifically require it, it may not be of much use. On the other hand, the tiny rural hospitals often don't offer the classes and prefer staff to obtain the certs on their own... they certainly can't hurt, though)
  2. by   clearblue3
    Hi owlRN01!
    Congrats on the job!! Did you have any prior healthcare experience...CNA? LPN?
    Thanks :-)
  3. by   PMFB-RN
    To be fair to your instructors, they likely had NO IDEA what was/is going on in the nursing job market. Nursing instructors are not exactly known for being up to date.
  4. by   tnmarie
    Congrats! My theory is that d/t the economic downturn the notorious sock monster has taken on a second job diverting online applications to the land of missing socks. Naturally the sock monster does not prefer this job because applications don't come in pairs, leaving no tell-tale evidence of its impressively stealthy work....
  5. by   anggelRN
    congrats, enjoy your new position
  6. by   nurseladybug12
    Congratulations on landing your first nursing job. I am also a new grad and I went to school in CT and I found that I had to move out of state to find a job in FL. I am happy I did because I have a med surg fulltie R we hour day shifts so for me this is a dream come true. Many of my friends in CT have either not found jobs or had to settle for a nursing home job. I am sorry that your instructors put in your head unreal expectations for your job outlook, but in reality I don't think anyone should be relying on the word of their instructors about the current job market. Any students reading this now, I would recommend looking at the job postings of the hospitals you are interested in and seeing if they are requiring expereince and bachelors and check back to see if there are opportunities you are qualified for so you will have realistic expectations. ;ust because you went to school doesn't mean you are entitled to a job. You have to hustle, be persistent, make it happen.
  7. by   T-Bird78
    I see hospital systems near me wanting new RN grads, or it says they will consider new grads, but for people between 1-5 years experience it's a pain! New grads have an advantage because they don't have to "unlearn" the methods of their previous employer and are so fresh, so excited, so eager and will do any assignment with joy just to be working as a nurse. Good luck!!!
  8. by   NJnewRN
    My dear I know how you feel. I remember completing the last six weeks of the program and a nurse in my clinical group said, "It's like a elephant in the room and no one is willing to acknowledge it." I also left my home state and traveled 2000 miles away from my family for almost two years. I came back to my home state and did a travel position. They made my life a living nightmare! I was so glad that I NEVER got a job here in the first place. I get so mad when I see those articles about nursing shortages. It makes more people apply to nursing school and then when they graduate, the jobs are scarce. I try not be negative for perspective nursing students. I don't want to discourage anyone. I guess you have to graduate and see it for yourself. It sure ain't no walk in the park profession either. Anyway, I feel your pain.
  9. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    One of our instructors came right out and verbalized what we'd already figured out for ourselves: "The truth is, most of you won't find jobs, anyway..."

    To those who are looking to cast blame upon their instructors or the nursing schools: Didn't you take the initiative to do a bit of research before leaping into a career choice?

    I understand the frustration about the job situation... "been there, done that"... but if you're surprised by the employment situation, you have nobody but yourself to blame. It's been very obvious for several years, now, for anybody who's looked at it at all.
  10. by   Soliloquy
    Congratulations, OP
  11. by   paRN12
    I just recently moved to Hawaii a couple months ago, and there are NO new grad positions here! It's definitely the worst here than anywhere else. I'm originally from PA and all of my friends who I graduated with in August already have RN jobs back there. It's so discouraging :-( Congratulations on your new job! I hope I find something eventually.