Published Jul 27, 2009
I just passed the NCLEX one week ago, and I still haven't heard back from any employers. So far I've had several rejections for "more qualified persons" and one application that was actually forwarded to the Nurse Manager of the particular MS unit I applied for. No word back yet, although I do need to call...
I've applied to Flagler hospital, Baptist Medical center Downtown Jacksonville, and a few other establishments here in St. Augustine. I tried to apply to Baptish South and Baptist Beaches in Jax, but they are not hiring new nurses at this point due to the economy and to save on orientation costs.
Does anyone know of any new-RN friendly hospitals? They almost entirely require experience, but how is one supposed to obtain experience if you can't get hired in the first place?!
Thanks in advance.
I shall PM you with some info
I am in the same boat. I have only one lead, and I've been searching since March. Lemme know if ya find any place with more luck than I did!
Thanks for the PM! Let me know if you come across anything, or have any connections I could contact, please.
Since March? Gosh, that must be terrible. Where did you apply, if you don't mind? Feel free to send me a PM to discuss this if you want to keep it private.
I've applied at Orange Park Medical Center, St.Vincents, Baptist, Flagler, Specialty, Mayo, and Florida Hospital in Orlando. I'm definitely willing to relocate though so that opens my options up a little.
You should try Orange Park Medical Center. They are still hiring new grads. They are a teaching hospital, so you may have to deal with students, but after you get that first year of experience in, you wont be considered a new grad.
Good luck to you:)
I am from Wisconsin, graduated with Associate's Degree last December, and obtained RN in February. I am trying to relocate to the same area, Northeastern Florida and have submitted applications to several facilities including Mayo, Shands, Baptist, and Memorial. I want to eventually travel so have also applied to some staffing agencies to hopefully find permanent employment until I have bulked up on specialties and am ready to travel. Does anyone have any advice for me, as someone who is relocating and trying to gain experience? I am currently an RN in a long term care facility as a dementia specialist and have been working as an RN since February of 2009. This is not what I want to do forever. I am aiming for an acute care setting. I just want to get some experience in med/surg and earn some certifications in ACLS, PALS, wound care etc. I agree that it is especially difficult to obtain that first year of "specialized" experience when we are just starting out. How are we supposed to get that first year experience if we aren't getting hired? Are there any other facilities you would recommend applying to? I am a member of Careerbuilders.com and have experienced that a lot of jobs posted are through staffing agencies. Is this a safe way to go? P.S. Florida state RN license is on the way.
Thanks for your input!
I know there's at least one agency in town looking for people. I just got hired there to work at the county jail.
Are you absolutely sure OP is hiring new nurses? I've called them, put in countless applications, have tech experience (which is supposedly desired), but have never gotten an interview or call back or anything.
chicookie, BSN, RN
Have any of you tried the Naval Hospital? They are hiring, all you need to be according to my friend is US citizenship and an RN license. Worth a shot.
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